Former Premier League forward Andy Cole believes that it would be best for both parties if Manchester United move on from Jesse Lingard this summer.
Which would open up an opportunity for West Ham United to come in and make his loan deal a permanent one. The 28-year-old continued his fine form since his move to the London Stadium in January with two goals against fellow top-four contenders Leicester City to see the Hammers through in a 3-2 victory.
West Ham have recently been reported as interested in his services for the future, and as heard on the TalkSport Daily Podcast, Cole thinks that rather than fight for his spot at Old Trafford in what might be a more competitive environment for places, that he should leave the club and go to a place where he’s more likely to get games:
“The opportunity for him to go on loan to West Ham has come at a fantastic time and he’s taken it with both hands. Now Manchester United have a decision to make – take him back or sell him in the summer for a little bit more money than they were expecting. If I was Manchester United, I would move him on. And if I was Jesse, I would want to go and play games.”
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TIF Thoughts on Andy Cole’s comments about Jesse Lingard’s future…
Cole’s point about money is an interesting one, because for every good performance that Lingard puts in, he is essentially adding more and more to his price tag, and that could cause some issues for West Ham United, who aren’t exactly known as being big spenders when it comes to transfer windows.
And whilst Lingard and West Ham United seem like the perfect match at this point, whether or not they will be able to afford him is a different matter entirely, even if Lingard does want to stay and get games like Cole is talking about.
The question then becomes whether or not West Ham go all in this summer in order to make him a focal point of the team moving forward.