Lingard saga finally at an end


Lingard saga finally at an end as player moves into obscurity 

Former West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard has finalised a two-year contract with South Korean club FC Seoul. The 31-year-old underwent a successful medical and is currently in Seoul to complete the formalities of his transfer.

Lingard has been without a club since departing Nottingham Forest last summer. Despite a trial with Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia in October, Lingard opted against joining the club. Faced with a lack of Premier League interest and failed inquiries, Lingard terminated his representation, including members of his own family, last month.

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Lingard saga finally at an end. Will he regret snubbing David Moyes several times?

While Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham in 2021, the club was hesitant to secure his services permanently. This move to FC Seoul brings closure to Lingard’s uncertain future.

Reflecting on Lingard’s time at West Ham, it’s clear that his stint at the London Stadium was a highlight in his career. However, Lingard’s subsequent trajectory has been less impressive. There may be lingering regrets regarding his decisions to turn down opportunities with West Ham and manager David Moyes, especially in light of the club’s recent European success.

Nonetheless, Lingard’s move to FC Seoul marks the end of a chapter. Whilst his talent was undeniable, his career path has been a series of poor decisions. It’s a conclusion of a saga that many, including myself, will be relieved to see.

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