David Moyes has called for patience with new West Ham loan signing Jesse Lingard, but feels the England international can get back to his best at the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old has seen his career hit a roadblock during the last 12 months after falling down the pecking order at Manchester United under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard has only made three appearances this season and not played for his country since the summer of 2019 despite being a key member of Gareth Southgate’s team on their way to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.
A lifeline has been offered to the forward by a manager he briefly worked with at Old Trafford and Lingard is set to make his Hammers debut at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
“Jesse can play from the left, from the right or play as a 10. He played for England as a midfield player at times as an eight.
“I think if I had to, I could play him as a false nine if I needed, the way Manchester City have played quite often with no centre forwards.
“It will take a little bit of time to settle, so let’s give him a chance but he will help us with our creativity.
“I couldn’t really say what went wrong for him at Manchester United but when he played for England he was energetic, he always had energy and it wasn’t too long ago he was part of the England squad. Hopefully he can come and show some of that.
“He’s 28 so still young, he’s got a young body and a young mind. Hopefully we can get the best out of him.”