Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard named Premier League player of the month for April

Robbie Copeland
Lingard starred again for West Ham in April
Lingard starred again for West Ham in April / Pool/Getty Images

Jesse Lingard has been named the Premier League's player of the month for April, after his four goals kept the Irons in the hunt for Champions League football.

Lingard has been a revelation since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United in January and has netted nine goals in 13 appearances so far. He was nominated for the player of the month award in February and March, but lost out to Ilkay Gundogan and Kelechi Iheanacho respectively.

He has now earned the award for the first time in his career, however, and told West Ham's website of his delight.

He said: “It’s amazing. It’s the first time in my career that I’ve received this award and I’d obviously like to thank the fans for voting, my teammates and staff for helping me get there.

"It’s been a long road and I’ve been nominated the last two months and even getting nominated was a great feeling for me as I want to be up there with the best and competing for the best awards.

“I definitely think I'm in the best form of my career. I’ve always wanted to work on consistency in my game and I think it’s come at a good time.

"Playing regular football always helps and I want to improve every game and try and help the team get as many wins as possible.”

April ended with successive defeats for West Ham that dented their Champions League dream, but they remain in with a shout heading into their final three matches. That's largely thanks to a pair of wins over Wolves and Leicester earlier in the month which were made possible by Lingard.

His double against the Foxes was a particular stand-out and he netted another against Newcastle a week later, despite West Ham's eventual defeat.

Lingard's form has been exceptional and he has a big summer ahead of him as a result. While he was cast aside by Man Utd as recently as January, he now looks like a valuable asset for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team and could even return to make an impact at Old Trafford if West Ham are unable to secure a permanent deal.