Two things were clear during Jesse Lingard’s breakout seasons at Manchester United: 1) that the homegrown Red Devil was a genuinely good a...
Two things were clear during Jesse Lingard’s breakout seasons at Manchester United: 1) that the homegrown Red Devil was a genuinely good attacking player, full of inventiveness and savvy and with a real knack for scoring, and 2) that United, if it was serious about finding its way out of the wilderness and returning to the very top, desperately needed attacking players much better than Lingard. It’s no coincidence that the season where United seems to have at last put its lost years behind itself, Lingard has played next to no role in the campaign. It is also no coincidence that Lingard, having secured a midseason loan to West Ham, is currently playing the best soccer of his life.
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The ESPN article notes that, while Lingard has yet to decide anything concrete about his future, “his preference is to play Champions League football next season.” West Ham is currently in fourth place in the Premier League, and has a very real chance to hang onto one of those UCL spots in large part because of Lingard. Hopefully West Ham manages to finish in the top four and then convinces Lingard to sign permanently. That way he can play for a club in the Champions League next season and himself actually play in the Champion League next season.