Rob Lee has urged Newcastle to make a loan move for Man Utd outcast Jesse Lingard between now and Monday’s 11pm deadline.
Although one unnamed loan deal is said to be ‘close’, we’re yet to make any moves so far this window – despite being linked with moves for the likes of Hamza Choudhury and Jetro Willems.
Loans appear to be the only thing available for us this time month, forcing us to delve into the word of unwanted players – something that’s becoming a tedious theme under Mike Ashley!
Here’s what former fan favourite Rob Lee told Football Fancast on Lingard – a player who’s barely kicked a ball this season for the Red Devils:
“He’s better than what we’ve got.
“I think we need someone from midfield that’s going to score goals and get forward.
“Jesse had a great season probably a season or so ago, hasn’t played at all this season, for whatever reason. Sometimes, it’s not the player’s fault.
“So, even for him to come into the Newcastle team and make a big difference will be a big challenge. But he’s the sort of player you need as you need someone to break forward.”
Lingard may be an England international but he has been seen as more of a parody in recent seasons, rather than a serious professional footballer.
Football fans across the country often mock him for his age, sarcastically insisting he ‘“is one for the future” despite being 28 years old – a nod towards his infantile behaviour.
The immature “JLingz” has barely featured this season and could end up being a Danny Rose Mark II – a big name player who may not have the fire in his belly to play his best stuff for NUFC.
However, if we did sign him and the transfer turned out to be a success, what would an in-form Lingard actually add to our side?
He is nippy and can play anywhere behind the striker. He would offer a directness and has spent most of his career playing in a counter-attacking style. Lingard was one of the few success stories of Jose Mourinho’s time at Man Utd and it is no secret that he would be asked to okay a similar style here.
His inactivity and dubious character would make me steer well clear of this one. Let’s not forget, the “averageness” of the post-Ferguson era at Man Utd is epitomised by players like Lingard.
Sorry Rob, but I’m afraid I don’t agree with you on this one.