Lingard Beats Iheanacho To Premier League Player Of The Month Award

West Ham United striker Jesse Lingard was named Premier League Player of the Month for April.

Lingard beat Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho and six other players in the singles win.

Iheanacho was looking forward to becoming the second Nigerian to win the award more than once.

Only Peter Osaze Odemwingie won the award more than once after being named MVP in the League in September 2010, April 2011 and February 2012.

Lingard, who arrived on loan from Manchester United in January, won the award on the third attempt after also being shortlisted in February and March.

"I've been nominated for the past two months and even being nominated feels great to me," Lingard said.

“I want to be there with the best I can and the best in the world.

"[David Moyes] showed faith and gave me freedom in every game to go and perform."

Lingard scored four goals and provided the assist in April, starting with a superb single shot at Wolverhampton Wanderers before doubling down on Jarrod Bowen's effort in a 3--2 win.

He then scored twice in the 3--2 win over Leicester City, and was on target again in the same score loss at Newcastle United.

The 28-year-old won the honor for the first time and is the first West Ham player to claim the award since Michael Antonio in July 2020.

Lingard topped the eight-man shortlist that also included Trent Alexander Arnold, Stuart Dallas, Mason Greenwood, Matthews Pereira, Alan St. Maximin and Chris Wood.

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