By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

24th Nov, 2021 | 11:10am

Frank McAvennie: West Ham must leave Jesse Lingard in the past

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie is adamant that he does not want to see Jesse Lingard return to West Ham after his return to Manchester United went awry.

Lingard, 28, enjoyed a successful half-season loan at the London Stadium earlier this year, scoring nine goals and supplying four assists in just 16 Premier League games as he earned an international recall with England.

However, he has dropped out of Gareth Southgate’s plans recently after struggling to break into the Manchester United side, a club in crisis after a horrendous run of results saw them sack beleaguered boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ex-Irons hero McAvennie is unsure whether the East London club will go back in for him after their failed summer pursuit, while he is firm on his stance.

“I see they’re talking about Lingard again but I wouldn’t want him,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone. “I said way back, anyone that wants to sit on the bench is not for me.

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“I don’t know if they would take him back, he’s just rubbed their faces in it really. They got him back in the England squad. He’s a bit-part player at Manchester United now, if that’s all he’s interested in then fine. He’s missed out on England now.

“It serves him right.”

In other West Ham news, this Manchester United-linked player has rejected a contract and announced his Irons exit on Instagram.

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