Speaking on The Toffee Blues’ YouTube channel, Connor Williams discussed the links surrounding Jesse Lingard possibly moving to Everton.
Despite spending the second half of last season lighting up the Premier League with West Ham, Lingard still finds himself at Manchester United having been handed just four minutes in the league this season, with the Hammers yet to move for the attacker.
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This has led to other clubs in the top flight being linked with a move for the England international, including Everton (as per the Daily Star), who have made a positive start to life under Rafael Benitez with two wins and a draw in the league. However, with talk of Richarlison and Moise Kean potentially leaving, they may need more attacking reinforcements.
Williams gave his thoughts on the Lingard to Everton rumours.
“For me, if you get the Jesse Lingard that West Ham had – brilliant. If you get the Jesse Lingard that ended up needing to go out to West Ham – not brilliant.
“It’s all a matter of the coach and how the coach gets the best out of him. Obviously, Moyes got the best out of Jesse Lingard – if Benitez can get the best out of him and he is anywhere near like he was for Moyes, then I’d be perfectly happy with this.
“As a number 10, he offers a little bit more as he’s a bit more of a proper midfielder than the likes of James Rodriguez and he’ll run more, and defensively will offer something.
“He’s nowhere near the ability of James Rodriguez, obviously, but he offers a little bit more defensively and he will track back, which is what Benitez wants.
“He wants somebody that can track back and quickly unleash counter-attacks and that’s what he’s hoping Lingard will do.”
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It appears pretty clear that Lingard will not get enough minutes this season at Man United, as this was the case last season before they even brought in new signings Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, so it could be yet another frustrating first half of the season for the midfielder if he decides to stay at Old Trafford.
If West Ham don’t appear to be keen on bringing Lingard back to the London Stadium, the Toffees could swoop in for someone that helps create chances from places other than out wide for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, however, Everton’s transfer window has been quiet and lowkey because of their struggles against Financial Fair Play regulations.