Jesse Lingard dropped a masterclass display at the Molineux Stadium.
Three first-half goals put David Moyes’ side in a commending position despite the absence of influential Declan Rice. Lingard – the new star man for the Hammers – played his part in all three goals.
His opener for West Ham was the best of the lot. The 28-year-old ran from deep inside his own half past several Wolves defenders before striking the ball into the back of the net with his left-foot.
The goal was reminiscent of Hatem Ben Arfa’s memorable solo effort for Newcastle United.
For West Ham’s second, the Englishman wasn’t involved directly, but he tricked Wolves’ defence with a nonchalant flick – akin to Berbatov’s spin skill – towards Arthur Masuaku, who picked Fornals. The Spaniard scored with a first-time shot into the far corner.
The third goal of the night for Moyes’ men was again engineered by Lingard’s mazy run. This time instead of going all the way, he played in Jarrod Bowen, who fired past Rui Patricio at the near post.
With a win over Wolves, West Ham now find themselves in fourth spot in the Premier League, blowing the race for a Champions League place wide open. While the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool are still favourites, anything is possible for West Ham with an in-form Lingard on their side.