Monday 12 Apr
Updated Monday 12 Apr 11:00
Opinion

Five things we loved about West Ham United's win over Leicester City

Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen celebrate

 

1. Jesse's making history

Jesse Lingard has made an historically good start to his West Ham United career. 

The No11 has scored eight goals and registered three assists in just nine Premier League appearances since completing his loan move from Manchester United at the end of January.

Lingard’s eleven direct goal involvements in 799 minutes mean the England international has either scored or set a goal up every 73 minutes in a Claret and Blue shirt.

Those figures mean the 28-year-old is the quickest Hammers player to have ever reached double figures in goals and assists, bettering Paul Kitson, who reached double figures in his first 12 games for the Irons in 1997.

 

2. An impressive year

Unsurprisingly, West Ham United are racking up some seriously impressive numbers during their recent run of form.

The Hammers have lost just three of their last 17 Premier League matches, winning ten of them to rise from tenth in the Premier League table to their current position in fourth.

All ten of those wins have come in the 15 games played in 2021, meaning the Irons have picked up 32 points from a possible 45 this calendar year.

Only leaders Manchester City have won more Premier League matches than West Ham in 2021.

 

David Moyes

 

3. Front two on target

With Michail Antonio out with a hamstring injury, Jesse Lingard and Jarrod Bowen were deployed as a front two by manager David Moyes against Leicester City – to devastating effect.

Lingard scored two first-half goals, the second of which was assisted by Bowen, before Lingard turned provider, playing his part in the build-up for Bowen’s match-clinching third minutes into the second half.

Sunday’s victory was the third Premier League match in a row in which both men got their names on the scoresheet, becoming the first West Ham United duo to do so since Carlos Tevez and Bobby Zamora against Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough in March 2007.

 

4. Goals galore

With Lingard and Bowen scoring freely, West Ham United have hit three in each of their last three Premier League matches and have now done so nine times in 31 games this season overall.

Manchester City and Manchester United have done so eleven times in 2020/21, while Chelsea and Liverpool have done so on eight occasions, and Leicester seven.

Indeed, since David Moyes returned for his second spell as manager in December 2019, only Manchester City (19) and Manchester United (16) have had more Premier League games in which they have scored three or more goals than our 15.

 

Mark Noble in action against Leicester

 

5. Another land-Mark

Mark Noble became the first West Ham United player to reach 400 Premier League appearances on Sunday.

When you consider Aaron Cresswell is second on 219, and Winston Reid (166) and Angelo Ogbonna (158) are the next-highest current Hammers on the list, it will be some time before anybody comes anywhere near emulating the captain.

Noble, who has announced that next season will be his last as a West Ham player, became just the eighth player to reach 400 Premier League games for a single club.

For the record, the other seven were Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, John Terry and Gary Neville.

 

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