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Lingard touted for major honour

Jesse Lingard has been touted as a possible contender for Player of the Year!

The Hammer has had a transformative effect on the club since his loan move from Manchester United in the January transfer window.

He has already scored six goals and laid on four assists in eight Premier League games and Tony Cascarino has now suggested he could be seen as the best player in this Premier League campaign.

He has made the comparison with Bruno Fernandes, who moved to United in January of 2020 and went on to score eight goals and lay on seven assists in 14 games.

Bruno was seen as a contender for Player of the Year too, and the question is rightly now being asked of the England international.

He would have to beat some stiff competition – the bookies believe the three favourites are Harry Kane, Ilkay Gundogan, and Kevin de Bruyne.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “If you go back to last season, Fernandes came to Manchester United in January.

“He played half a season and then there was the debate over whether he should be a candidate for Player of the Season.

“A lot of fans, probably mostly United fans, felt that with how big of an impact he had. It’s made me think, could you make the same argument for Jesse at West Ham?

“Could he be a candidate for Player of the Season?”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.