“Jesse Lingard is not that good, he couldn’t carry a full team and I’m not being disrespectful to him because he is a very good player, but he’s not that good. You can’t carry the number of players that Newcastle are at the moment and I think that’s the real problem as you could maybe get away with one, maximum two in the Premier League.
“There wasn’t one player against Brighton that I could say, ‘well to be fair, he did alright’. You could possibly say Hayden because he shuts down the play and Dummett does what Dummett always does but the others, ‘wow’.”
Newcastle currently lie 17th in the Premier League, hovering precariously above the relegation drop zone with nine games remaining and a potentially crucial trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on the final day of the season.
Would Jesse Lingard have been a success with Newcastle?
Howey’s comments may seem harsh but ultimately Lingard went into a West Ham side already enjoying an upwards trajectory, whilst the Toon have been battling amongst the lower reaches for the entire season.
Whilst the attacking midfielder would no doubt have added additional impetus to Bruce’s squad, expecting the Manchester United man to single handily transform the fortunes of the side would’ve been a big ask.
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