Jermaine Jenas absolutely raved about Jesse Lingard when speaking on BBC Match of the Day 2 last night, describing the West Ham United ace as an ‘intelligent’ footballer.

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The 28-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Manchester United in January.

Lingard has been in sensational form for West Ham since moving to the London Stadium.

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The 26-capped international has racked up eight goals and three assists in just nine Premier League games for the Hammers so far.

Jesse has almost single handedly fired us into a great position to qualify for the Champions League next season.

Jermaine Jenas blown away by Jesse Lingard

The 28-year-old is already a huge fan favourite at West Ham. We are all desperate for him to be snapped up on a permanent basis in the summer.

And Jenas suggested that if the Hammers manage to qualify for the Champions League it will be down to one man:

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“He’s having his best season, nine starts and eight goals. It’s an example of how he feels at the football club. He’s got a manger who trust him and he’s playing in a position that suits him. He is a big player at this football club. And he’s showing that now, he’s delivering. He’s an intelligent footballer Jesse Lingard. This is a player who’s playing at the top of his game. He just has that intelligence where he thinks quicker than other people. If West Ham make it to the Champions League, that bit of business they did in January bringing in Jesse Lingard will be the reason why they get there.”

Jenas isn’t wrong.

Lingard has been so important for West Ham over the past few months.

He makes us tick and has totally transformed the way in which we attack as a team.

Let’s just hope that Manchester United don’t price us out of a move to sign Jesse permanently.

Because not having Lingard at the London Stadium next season really doesn’t bear thinking about.

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