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Lingard: Is it time to move on?

Is David Moyes pursuit of Jesse Lingard unrequited love?

The 58-year-old manager plucked the 28-year-old out of his career slump at Manchester United and gave him the freedom to express himself again on the pitch.

He repaid the gaffer’s faith with nine goals and five assists for the Hammers and a love-in with the West Ham fans had begun.

His form dived in the last few games in a West Ham shirt but we were told he remained a priority signing for the Scotsman over the summer.

Suggestions over the weekend that Lingard wants to stay in Manchester and fight for his place seem ill-conceived if indeed that is the case.

Lingard is claimed to be a part of Manchester United’s plans going into the new season, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but we have heard it all before.

Solskjaer’s side began their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win over Derby County on Sunday and Jesse came on as a second-half substitute setting up one goal and hitting the crossbar with another.

If true that he has made his decision to stay, it is one that he may soon regret!

Manchester United has too many creative players to guarantee him any regular game time and he may find himself in the wilderness again warming a bench.

Maybe it is time to move on from our pursuit of Jesse Lingard.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

11 comments on “Lingard: Is it time to move on?

  1. Totally agree! The one guarantee is that Lingard can’t consistently maintain the levels he showed in his first dozen games- he was super human!! The last 6 games are probably more like the player Manchester United and England fans recognise. I fear we will be expected to pay for the player we saw initially and with no hope of recouping anything financially. Maybe Pereira or someone younger would be a better option now?!

    • I hear you TD, however it’s worth waiting this one out, until MU announces Sancho officially nothing happens with JL. Also he’s a ready made starter for us if and when he comes. He knows the club, surroundings, patterns of play and more importantly he’s a managers pick, a known quantity to boot.
      A little patience could land us a good addition to an improving team.

  2. Time to move on, these guys live in another world . . . we have loyalty as “our” team and we cannot change but more and more these guys are professional sportsmen who pay for the most money . . . if someone paid me 100,000 a week for three years to keep fit and play football I would sign up . . . so for them it is who will pay the most . . .simple as that if we like it or not . . .

  3. West ham need to put up the money for him wanting him on the cheap . Put up or shut up irons!! #Mufc

    • No chance of that Ryan.
      The fun and games are only just about to start,
      Be grateful to get any sort of fee, JL holding all the aces in this one, he’ll show his hand soon enough. He might even wait until January and walk away as a free agent on pre contract!

    • Agree with you. Make an offer if not accepted move on. Like you fed up with it all. plenty more out there.

      • That’s the trouble with us we put outrageous low bids in all the time ,,and it alienates clubs to us …normally if a player is worth 20 mil ..we offer 6 with 5 payed overc6 years or something, its pathetic it really is …but when we talk about money for Dec,,we want 120 mil ….what’s that say …ffs

  4. The reason i believe this will rumble on all summer is that Lingard, from Moyes’ point of view, will be getting a proper pre-season under his belt playing with top players at United and then will come to us knowing how Moyes wants to use him in his system. That means, unlike other players being brought in by the club, he won’t necessarily need to spend pre-season with us to understand our patterns of play, systems, etc. Hence, there is no need for this to be rushed. I agree with that in so far as it means we don’t need to spend time pursuing him whilst we work on other deals for other targets.

    The downside is, if he signs his new deal, we will then have to up our wage offer to him to pay him the same as his new deal salary, which sounds like it will cost us £30k extra a week., The flip side to THAT, of course, is he signs a new deal, is then priced out of a move to us (or any other potential suitor), doesn’t get game time at United and is back to square one of not playing but with the added issue that no-one can afford him and his new salary.

    Thus, the ball is in his court. This is his last move and he is going to want to get it right, from a financial perspective as well as a playing one. That’s why I see this going down to the wire.

  5. I can see all this going horribly wrong with Brighton, Leeds and Wolves to name but three looking to strengthen their squad’s with many of the player’s the West Ham management team will have considered potential target’s. If the Ben White transfer goes through they will be in poll position and it could very easily end up the same as the January window with David Moyes running out of options. Loan possibility of Clement Lenglet and keeper from PSG but still no striker with the clock ticking. Always thought Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard would be ideal but a bit temperamental but didn’t realise he was only 23 which would explain a lot but his goal scoring record is outstanding and he’s already gained a lot of experience. Only hope the club get it right and we can maintain a top four/six league position.

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