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Sutton gives his Lingard to Hammers verdict

Chris Sutton has given his verdict on Jesse Lingard moving to West Ham permanently… and it’s two thumbs up!

The former Blackburn and Chelsea striker has a column in the Daily Mail and he has used it to urge the England international to move to the Irons in a proper transfer this summer.

His loan spell has seen him reborn as a footballer, earning a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and repeatedly scoring goals and providing assists.

He did so again on Sunday, netting a brace as the Irons saw off a spirited Leicester side 3-2.

There has been plenty written about Lingard and whether or not he will move to the Irons but Sutton believes the equation is simple: Move to the Hammers and play or stay at United and sit on the bench!

He wrote: “Sign permanently for West Ham and play under a manager who has given you the platform to make the England squad for Euro 2020? Or return to Manchester United and, in all likelihood, revert to playing a bit-part role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? 

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“I know which one I’d be pushing for, and which one Jesse Lingard should be pushing for. Stay at West Ham. That’s the way to go. 

“Look, Lingard loves Manchester United. It’s the club where he grew up and got his start in professional football. But no player should want to risk rotting away when he could be guaranteed game time elsewhere.”

Sutton knows his onions too; a £10m move to Chelsea didn’t work out for him and he was not even on the bench for the FA Cup final in 2000, so he was subsequently sold to Celtic, where he spent six happy years.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.