Lucas Paqueta scored West Ham United’s equalising goal against Newcastle United this evening, and Gary Lineker took to Twitter in reaction to the strike.

The 25-year-old put in arguably his best performance in a Hammers shirt against Newcastle today.

It was a big day for Paqueta after Eddie Howe admitted during his pre-match press conference that he wanted to sign him for Newcastle in the summer.

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After a shaky start against the Magpies, West Ham slowly eased their way back into the game, driven by Paqueta in the middle of the park.

The Brazilian was crucial to the way in which David Moyes’s men grew back into the game, and he finally showed us why the club splashed out £51 million on obtaining his signature…

Lucas Paqueta goal – Gary Lineker reacts

The Brazilian levelled the scores at St James’ Park today just after the half an hour mark.

It wasn’t only his goal that made such a big difference to the Hammers though.

Paqueta got his foot on the ball in tight areas and took the heat off the rest of the team. He was brave, intelligent with his passing and didn’t shirk the physical battle either.

Lucas Paqueta goal - Gary Lineker reacts
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We really need him to start producing the goods like he did today on a consistent basis between now and the end of the season.

Lucas Paqueta proved today what a difference he can make, and not just because of his goal.

The ex-Lyon ace clearly impressed high-profile football pundit Gary Lineker.

Lineker is known for his quick-witted puns, when reacting to incidents on Twitter. And he had a belter up his sleeve when Lucas Paqueta scored his goal for West Ham today:

Sure it’s a bit corny, but I’m going to give Lineker some credit there – that’s a very clever pun indeed!

Back to more important matters though, Lucas Paqueta showed us all today just how pivotal he can be to this West Ham team.

And long may it continue.

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