Just how good has Lingard been for West Ham so far?

Just how good has Lingard been for West Ham so far?

Since his loan debut for West Ham, no Premier League player has scored more goals than Jesse Lingard.

With a brace in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Leicester, the Manchester United midfielder continued his impressive run of form for his temporary employers.

His eight goals in nine games have won him an England recall, and Futaa now compares his performance to that of other impressive players in the league.

Lingard and Kelechi Iheanacho being the league's form players at this point would have seemed absurd at the start of the season – and even in January.

However, since Lingard's West Ham debut on February 3, the pair have combined for eight Premier League goals.

Lingard has reached the milestone in nine starts, compared to eight for Iheanacho, who was previously an afterthought at Leicester but has flourished since Jamie Vardy's injury.

Tottenham's Harry Kane is third on the list with seven goals, followed by Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus and Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, who each have five. After Gundogan was named Premier League player of the month in February, Iheanacho beat Lingard to the award in March.

Lingard is one goal ahead of Iheanacho on a similar list that includes goals in a player's last 10 Premier League games – he scored in his last United outing, which was back in July against Leicester.

More notably, he is just one goal away from becoming West Ham's top scorer this season – Tomas Soucek leads the team with nine goals, with Lingard and Jarrod Bowen tied for second.

Lingard's wavy form:

Lingard's scoring performance in the Premier League has been characterized by bursts of brilliance interspersed with long dry spells.

Since a brace against Cardiff in December 2018, he hadn't scored in 35 league games before that goal against Leicester in July.

That continued a trend that started with his first four Premier League goals coming between his fifth and thirteenth appearances, followed by just one goal in his next 47 appearances.

From November 2017 to November 2018, he scored seven goals in nine games and eight in 15, before going 19 games without scoring. Before his latest hot streak, he had a brief four-in-four flurry in December 2018, which was followed by a lengthy drought.

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