Jesse Lingard is reaping the rewards of his loan move to West Ham and dodged a bullet by joining them over Sheffield United.
That is according to ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider with the 28-year-old on a run of four goal contributions in his first four games for the high-flying Hammers.
Lingard arrived at the club on 29 January having not featured at all for Manchester United in their first 21 Premier League games of the season.
Football Insider revealed on 15 January that Sheffield United were interested in Lingard’s services, but he ultimately chose the London Stadium over Bramall Lane.
Campbell claims the 24-time England man is a first-rate signing and that the player was wise to choose West Ham over relegation strugglers Sheffield United.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They’ve done a great job in acquiring Jesse Lingard. I really think that was a smart bit of business.
“He’s obviously got something to prove to Manchester United. You’re seeing it in his performances. David Moyes has really worked that well.
“He’s gone into a buoyant dressing room and a club that’s on the up now. It’s probably easier to go into a dressing room and a club that’s on the up and winning as opposed to one that’s struggling at the foot of the table.”
Though it would have been unthinkable to most fans at the outset of the season, West Ham are dreaming of a top-four finish for the first time since 1986.
David Moyes’ side currently have a two-point advantage over Chelsea in 5th place.