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Garth Crooks’ bizarre criticism of Lingard

Garth Crooks has bizarrely criticised Jesse Lingard for… dancing in his goal celebrations.

Crooks picks a Team of the Week after each round of fixtures and this week, he selected Lingard in central midfield, which, for a start, is not his position.

But still, he picked him, alongside Arsenal’s Thomas Partey in central midfield, and he praised him in his comments.

Still, he took the time to take a rather bizarre dig at his celebrations, with Lingard having scored twice against Leicester in the 3-2 win on Sunday.

He wrote on BBC Sport: “Yet another top-class performance from Jesse Lingard. Since his arrival from Manchester United the England international has taken the Hammers into the top four and made them look like serious contenders for a Champions League spot.

“Goals matched by bundles of energy, commitment and desire takes the player back to when he was producing excellent performances for Manchester United. He’s doing fantastically for West Ham, but he really needs to leave out the dance celebrations if he wants us to take him seriously.”

This really is a rather bizarre take from Crooks.

Lingard has been in the form of his life, scoring goals, laying on assists, and that the pundit insists that we can’t take him seriously due to his dancing is an absolute disgrace, to be quite frank.

Crooks has to come out with these opinions every week for his column but, come on, think a bit harder next time, mate .

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4 comments on “Garth Crooks’ bizarre criticism of Lingard

  1. Weird sense of humour from Garth. Probably needs to avoid footballing opinions and stick to the Pizza Challenges.

  2. Garth Crooks is an utter moron. This just proves the point. How he still gets column inches is beyond me.

  3. When Garth lays off the doughnuts I might take his quote seriously 😂

  4. It’s Pogba’s hair all over again!

    (Background: see Garth’s critiques of Pogba when he also loses his s*** over the guy’s hair)

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