The assistant coach of the Hammers expressed his conviction that the midfielder ‘is too good a player to sit on the outside’ at Old Trafford
Stuart Pearce hinted that Jesse Lingard could still join West Ham in January, claiming the Manchester United star ‘has all the cards’.
Lingard returned to United in June after a successful six-month loan spell at West Ham, where he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games to help David Moyes’ team qualify for the Europa League.
Moyes openly admitted that the Hammers were eager to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal, but they did not do so before the summer date, and his assistant suggested that the midfielder made the wrong choice about his future.
What was said?
Pearce believes Lingard could finally make a U-turn when the transfer market reopens because his significant talents are wasted at Old Trafford.
“He missed the opportunity to leave United in this transfer window,” said West Ham coach talkSPORT.
“He can reconsider his situation in January and decide if there is an opportunity to move clubs.
“The most important thing for him at the moment is his football. He plays the odd game for United and also plays very well for England – and these performances for England can help him get into the United team.
“I think he’s too good a player to sit outside and not play, and he’s at an age where he needs to play.”
How is Lingard’s situation at United?
Lingard has appeared in 211 games in all competitions for United since making his debut in 2011, scoring 33 goals while also setting up another 20 for his teammates.
However, the English international’s only appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team so far is off the bench, and he is currently behind Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Fred in midfield.
Lingard has been selected for Gareth Southgate’s youngest team of the three lions, despite a lack of regular minutes at club level, and scored twice in a 4-0 World Cup win over Andorra at the weekend to make a statement send before returning to Old Trafford.
He will be hoping to earn a place in the Solskjaer series on Sunday for a home game against Newcastle, but if he continues to play a bit of a role, West Ham could be an attractive option again, especially as he is now less than 10 months away from the expiration of his contract.