Jesse Lingard is in the form of his life right now, embracing his role as the talisman of this new-look West Ham side, having just been recently loaned out to the Londoners by his parent club, Manchester United.
The English midfielder is enjoying a rare purple patch in his career with the Hammers, recording 9 goals and 4 assists in the ten games he’s featured in since joining.
But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the 28-year old.
A turbulent past two seasons with United where he failed to make much an impact, Lingard found himself out of favor for the starting XI, spending most of his time warming the bench.
Manchester United loanee speaks out on his mental health issues in lockdown.
In a recent interview with YouTube-based talk show Presenting, The Englishman opened up about his struggle with mental health issues and his mother’s depression during the lockdown, saying he felt like he wasn’t the same person as before.
I felt lost during games, like I didn’t want to be there. Watching the games back, I couldn’t recognize myself. That isn’t how Jesse Lingard plays.”
I was going into games happy sitting on the bench, and that’s not me. My mind wasn’t there, I wasn’t focused at all.”
I was thinking about other things, and obviously bottling it all up trying to play football, you’re tense, you’re stressed and you can’t do it.”
There were some days where I used to have a game at 8pm and we’d go to the hotel in the afternoon, I’d sleep from two until four, shut my curtains in the dark, and then wake up in the dark, and you don’t get any sunlight.”
Lingard said he could’ve quit in lockdown. He wanted a “timeout” from the game, and he could’ve easily just given in and said he didn’t want to do it. But his willpower and fighting spirit helped him get through.
The England player also acknowledged Man United for helping him through his tough time, saying he opened up to the club about what he and his mother were going through, and they were always there to help.
Lingard claims the lockdown “transitioned” him and helped him to get his old self back, he said it helped him get his head together and focus on the important stuff, playing football and helping his mum.
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