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Lingard involved in another embarrassing social media spat

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Lingard continues his embarrassing social media postings

Former West Ham player Jesse Lingard seems to be constantly in the spotlight, even when he’s halfway around the world. It’s hardly the latest West Ham news, but Lingard’s recent antics have become car crash TV, as he appears to court controversy wherever he goes.

Lingard‘s fall from grace has been strikingly rapid, and it’s difficult not to feel that West Ham dodged a bullet by not re-signing the former Manchester United player. Lingard had actually been training with the Hammers’ squad earlier this season, leading many to assume that manager David Moyes was considering bringing him back.

Even during his time at West Ham, Lingard seemed to put a lot of effort into his social media presence, and now, he appears to be using his platforms to engage in a public spat with his current manager.

Lingard fired back a defiant response to his FC Seoul boss, Kim Gi-dong, after the latter claimed that the ex-Manchester United man ‘isn’t a football player’.

The 31-year-old made a surprise move to the South Korean club in February after being released from his Nottingham Forest contract at the end of last season. However, he has made just three appearances so far, and has yet to start for his new club. The manager criticized Lingard for a lack of effort, stating that the forward ‘doesn’t fight and doesn’t run’.

In response, Lingard shared a quote on Instagram that read: ‘I can’t lie, this s*** gets overwhelming but I just keep pushing.’ In the caption, he added his own words: ‘Accept what it is, let go of what it was and have faith in what it will be. P.S. we back on the grass.’

Lingard's embarrassing social media

Lingard’s embarrassing social media work shows no sign of relenting

Jesse must concentrate on his football

He also posted clips on his Instagram stories showing himself training in the gym as he works on his fitness following several months out of the game.

This response followed public criticism from his manager, which hinted at the potential for Lingard to be dropped from the team for future matches.

Ki-dong remarked, ‘I’ve been thinking a lot about removing Jesse (Lingard). I don’t think a player who doesn’t run for a few minutes is a football player.’

‘If he doesn’t fight and doesn’t run better than the player who runs for 90 minutes? If you’re going to play soccer in the name, shouldn’t you just take the retired players?’

Lingard really needs to focus on his football. This is not the first time someone has accused him of not being a footballer and I doubt it will be the last. It’s sad to see the demise of such a talented player, however it’s hard not to look back and conclude the highlight of his career was his loan spell in East London.

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