Jesse Lingard reveals that a change in the environment and assuming responsibilities off the field are the fundamental reasons that explain his resurgence on the pitch since January arrived at West Ham on loan from Manchester United.
Relegated to the replacement by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, Lingard has six goals and four assists in eight games that have catapulted West Ham to fourth place, in champion positions, eight days from the end of the Premier.
Lingard, 28, has returned to the England team, after a two-year absence, in recent qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and aims to enter Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s Euro Cup.
My home in Manchester is like a bunker
“I think the environment is important,” Lingard said in an interview with beIN SPORTS. “My house in Manchester is very low, you go down to the kitchen and it’s dark, like a bunker. When you’re in that environment week after week, you don’t find out about anything else. “
Instead, adds Lingard, “since I moved to London I have been in a tall apartment, there is a lot of light, I can see all the buildings in London, it makes you more cheerful and fresh.”
Lingard confesses that problems off the field, including his mother’s battle with depression, affected his performance at Old Trafford, but overcoming such adversities has made him a better player.
When I was down I felt like I wasn’t even playing
“It makes you more mature and makes you more responsible for yourself and others, and that’s what I’ve been doing,” he remarks. “The person who is off the field enters the field and you become that person on the field. When I was depressed and low, I felt that I was not even playing and the game was passing me by, it was horrible ”.
“It’s terrible for your family to see it. It is terrible that your family comes to watch games and knows that ‘that is not Jesse Lingard’, It is very sad for them and for me ”, concludes Lingard.