Stan Collymore: West Ham would take Jesse Lingard back in a heartbeat
Stan Collymore has called on Jesse Lingard to quit Manchester United in January if he doesn’t get much game-time, adding that West Ham would take the attacker back.
Lingard, 28, shone while on loan at the London Stadium in the second half of last season but he’s yet to start for Man United this term and has made just three appearances as a substitute.
Ex-Liverpool forward Collymore wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hand the England international more opportunities but if he doesn’t, he should look for a move away from Old Trafford in the next transfer window.
“At 28, it’s now or never for Jesse Lingard at Manchester United,” said Collymore in the Sunday People [print edition, September 19, page 54].
“He should be given a chance to shine by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over 10 to 15 games and, if he can grasp that opportunity, then the team will be better for it.”
Collymore added: “There are no questions about Lingard, who showed us last season with today’s opponents, West Ham, what he is capable of.
“So if Solskjaer doesn’t give him the same chance the others all get, he needs to sit down with his agents and see what’s on offer.
“I’d even be having a conversation about getting out this January if I were to find myself playing 20 minutes here and there and then missing games.
“The Hammers would take him in a heartbeat, as would others in England, Spain and Italy.”
Get him back
While David Moyes did sign Nikola Vlasic in the summer as a kind of replacement for Lingard, we’d still love to see the Man United ace back in East London.
He was terrific for us last season as the Hammers qualified for the Europa League.
Lingard netted nine goals and supplied five assists in 16 appearances for the Irons and his form was dubbed as “unbelievable” by talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein.
It is a shame for him that he’s ended up staying at Old Trafford because he’s obviously not going to get much game-time for them.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho arrived at Man United in the summer transfer window to force Lingard even further down the pecking order and that’s clear in the reduced game-time he’s had this season.
Of course, he’s playing more now than he was last term before he joined the Hammers on loan in January.
But there’s no way this is a shock to Lingard or anyone else.
He needs to move on.
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