Seven best loan transfers in Prem history, including Tevez at Man Utd after Lingard’s astonishing career boost at West Ham
JESSE LINGARD turns out to be one of the signings of the season.
His loan transfer to West Ham was a masterstroke from David Moyes, who makes the most of the Manchester United midfielder.
Since making his debut for the Hammers on February 3, no player has had more Premier League goals than Lingard’s nine with six goals and three assists.
That includes one from each in the 3-2 win over Wolves on Monday night to send East Londoners back into the top four.
The scorching form has allowed the 28-year-old to return to the England squad and could see him go to the Euro.
SunSport is looking at some of the best loan signings of the Premier League era – an elite roster Lingard is set to join, particularly if he can send West Ham back to the Champions League …
Carlos Tevez (West Ham at Man Utd, 2007-09)
In one of the most confusing transfers of all time, Tevez actually joined United on a two-year lease worth around £ 10million.
Tevez won league titles in both seasons at Old Trafford, as well as the Champions League in 2008, but Sir Alex Ferguson decided not to make a permanent transfer as the Argentine planned to retire in 2011, not giving the forward no resale value… in the end he joined City.
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Robbie Keane (Inter at Leeds, 2000-01)
The Irish striker’s Italian job was over when Marco Tardelli replaced Marcello Lippi at San Siro.
He scored nine goals in 18 Premier League appearances in the second half of the 2000-01 season to send David O’Leary’s side back to fourth place before signing for £ 12million for good.
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal at Bolton, 2010)
The thrilling English midfielder had made a breakthrough in the Emirates when Arsene Wenger sent him on loan to give him more first-team experience.
Bolton was the beneficiary as Wilshere made 14 appearances, scoring once, and impressed the Trotters enough to try and take him on loan again – but Wenger decided he was ready to be a Gunners starter.
Ivan Campo (Real Madrid at Bolton, 2002-03)
Staying with Bolton and cult hero Campo initially arrived on a one-year loan in the Northwest under Sam Allardyce.
The senior Spain international enjoyed his time so much that he refused to return to the Bernabeu and ended up staying with the Trotters for another five years.
Henrik Larsson (Helsingborg in Man Utd, 2007)
Considering he was only at the club 70 days, Larsson made an impact at Old Trafford with three goals in 13 appearances on his way to winning the Premier League title.
Sir Alex admitted he “would have done anything to keep him” but the Swedish legend kept the promise to his family and club and therefore returned to Helsingborg in March.
Jurgen Klinsmann (Sampdoria at Tottenham, 1997-98)
The German was a popular figure at White Hart Lane during the 1994-95 Premier League campaign.
And he achieved legendary status when he returned to north London in 1997-98, scoring nine goals in 15 league appearances – including four against Wimbledon – to ensure Spurs avoid relegation.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea at West Brom, 2012-13)
The Belgian striker is currently one of the best No9s in world football, but he made his mark in English football at the Hawthorns while on loan at Chelsea.
Lukaku scored 17 goals in 35 Premier League games – including a hat-trick against United in Ferguson’s last game – to send the Baggies back to eighth place … then followed with 15 of 31 on loan at Everton the following season as the Toffees finished fifth.