Former England coach Glenn Hoddle believes Jesse Lingard still has the time to establish himself as one of the great players in the Premier League.
For the Spurs great, Lingard deserves the plaudits, particularly for the way he's hit the ground running at London stadium. Hoddle highlighting that Lingard must have maintained his commitment and professionalism while with United over the first-half of the season to fit so seamlessly into West Ham manager David Moyes' system.
"Manchester United is a big club and he's been there all his life. I believe he's had a few problems off the pitch as well. But he's come down to London and got away from those problems. It's almost like he can breathe now.
"What I have been impressed with is he must have kept himself really fit to come to West Ham and play at top level... To be thrown straight in and stay in the team and play as he has been."
Indeed, Hoddle has declared Lingard is now in career best form and is convinced the midfielder can build on the impact he is making with the Irons.
He continued: "He's played as well as I've seen him play, even when at his best with United. He'll be there and there abouts for an England call-up again if he keeps playing like has has been."
Hoddle is convinced Lingard still has another gear to go in his game and believes the only thing holding back the England international is a self-belief that he can compete at the very elite level.
"Playing in a West Ham shirt he doesn't feel the burden on his shoulders. I think with Man Utd, he sees a lot of stars there, (Bruno) Fernandes, for instance, who's playing in that position that he's playing for West Ham. And I wonder if he thinks to himself, 'am I as good as him? Am I better than him?' and that's what he has to do mentally."
Hoddle is adamant Lingard can still make it as a Manchester United player - should he choose to return from his Irons loan.
"He's got to go back to Man Utd and feel as if he's a big, big player. He feels that at West Ham. It has nothing to do with his play, his fitness, his technique, his stamina... it's a mental thing.
On the idea of Lingard staying with United this summer, or being sold, Hoddle was reluctant to weigh in.
He added: "I can't possibly say.
"But Ole would be looking at it and thinking, 'what have I got? Can I turn this into a good deal for the club? Or is it better for the club to keep him because if he plays like that (at West Ham), he's better than x, y, z... or he's better than x. I need to keep him'.
"But then he could say 'we've shown we can live without him, let's get 50 million for him, or 40 million'.
"So for the club it's going to be a good deal because 1) he'll come back into the squad a better player or 2) they'll sell and sell him for decent money."
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