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"Why Can't You Make The Argument For Jesse Lingard?" As Player Of The Year

"Why Can't You Make The Argument For Jesse Lingard?" As Player Of The Year

Jesse Lingard has been compared to Bruno Fernandes as a potential Player of the Year candidate for his form since January.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan Sidle

Jesse Lingard has been tipped as a potential winner the the Player of the Year award, for his impact at West Ham United since joining in January.

The Manchester United player got zero minutes of Premier League football for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's this season, only playing in three games in the FA and Carabao Cups.

In January he made the move to join David Moyes side until the end of the season and he has been on fine form ever since.

His brilliant goal against Wolves on Monday night took him to six goals in just eight games, and he also has three assists too, as the Hammers took another step towards finishing in the top four this season.

That has led pundit Tony Cascarino to suggest that Lingard could be a Player of the Year candidate, with the season nearing its conclusion.

Whilst some might scoff at the idea of a player with no appearances in the first half of the season winning, Cascarino compared it to Bruno Fernandes last season.

Last season Fernandes started the season at Sporting before moving to England for United at the end of the January transfer window.

Similar to Lingard this season, the Portugal midfielder's first appearance in the league came in February but his impact took Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side into the Champions League places.

Whilst Kevin de Bruyne won the PFA Player of the Year, and Premier League Player of the Season, Fernandes was certainly involved in the conversation.

Similarly it seems a stretch for Lingard to win the award but he is now seventh favourite to come away with the award, with Bruno actually still the favourite.

Lingard's form for West Ham has already seen him earn a call up back into the England squad, for the recent World Cup qualifiers.

There has been talk that he could yet make the squad for the Euros this summer, with rumours Gareth Southgate could leave out Jack Grealish or Jadon Sancho to make room for the 28-year-old.

If he gets David Moyes side in the Champions League next season, bigger accolades could yet come his way.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Player Of The Year, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, West Ham United, Jesse Lingard