Jesse Lingard of Manchester United is a player that most see as promising but the 28-year-old cannot do that if he is not given ample laying time. Though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep the English football player, it remains that his talent is going to waste.
Hence, the only resolve is for Lingard to check out opportunities elsewhere – even if it would be on loan. The midfielder is reportedly set to move to West Ham United on loan, a move that would reunite Lingard with former manager David Moyes.
It was a sensible thing to do with Lingard having fallen down the pecking order of Solskjaer. He admits that while the club has its share of priorities, they also need to consider the side of Lingard.
BREAKING: West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from #MUFC for the rest of the season. — Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 28, 2021
"For me, it's also important to take our wishes and our plans into consideration but also the players of course, because they are Man Utd people and players through and through," Solskjaer said.
The Hammers are finalizing the loan deal which would see West Ham pay Man Utd $2.1 million aside from his wages, Sky Sports reported. This also brings to close speculation on Lingard’s future. Other teams who were interested in acquiring him include Newcastle, Sheffield United and West Brom.
The move comes not long after the Red Devils had activated the clause in Lingard’s contract. This means that he will be under that same arrangement until 2022.
This season, Lingard has had only two starts for United. He has had limited opportunities and it is believed that this was the reason why he elected to check out opportunities elsewhere. He has made over 200 appearances with the Red Devils, joining them since he was only seven years old.
Lingard should be a fine addition to The Irons who have been making big strides last season. Considering he will be reuniting with Moyes only raises the chances of the club this season.
West Ham was also lucky to have the deal push through. It opened up when they had come to terms with Said Benrahma on a permanent arrangement. This meant that they had another domestic loan option available and immediately used that on the English midfielder.
There are big expectations on Lingard given that he has the talent to shine. It will be interesting if this eventually transforms into a permanent move moving forward.