Lingard looking for capital gains

Jesse only has fond memories of his time in the claret-and-blue colours of West Ham and there is no doubt he was a major driving force behind their qualification for Europe.

“Like I’ve said, it was a reset for me personally, I wanted to play games, help the team get into the Europa League, which we did, and I enjoyed every moment of it,” Jesse told us. “The lads were brilliant, the staff were brilliant and the fans supported me throughout.

“On a personal level, it was about getting minutes, doing well for myself and trying to get back into the England side but, as a collective, Europe was massive for West Ham and one of the goals we wanted to get to.

“The manager gave me the freedom up top to roam about, get on the ball and try to make things happen. With the run of games I had, the confidence kicks in and, once you’ve scored one, then two and three start going into the back of the net. I wasn’t short of confidence playing and it was one of the best half-seasons I’ve had so it was a brilliant experience.

“Obviously, you don’t get into Europe if you’re not a good side. West Ham are well organised and can counter quick and be hard to break down. So it’s going to be a tough game and we’ve got to be at it, if we want to get the three points. We’ve trained well so we’ll go into the game confident.”

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