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Saudi Arabian consortium PIF formally accomplished their takeover of Newcastle United in October of final yr and a few supporters celebrated the information outdoors of St. James’ Park on the time.

They changed Mike Ashley as house owners of the membership and have loved a incredible yr on Tyneside as they’ve taken the Magpies from going through relegation halfway via 2021/22 to presently sitting sixth within the Premier League desk.

PIF weren’t afraid to shake issues up as they changed Steve Bruce with Eddie Howe after which backed their new supervisor within the switch window.

Bruno Guimaraes, Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Chris Wooden, and Kieran Trippier all arrived via the door in January to bolster the workforce for the second half of the marketing campaign.

One participant they tried to sign up that window was Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard. The membership had been eager on a deal for the England worldwide earlier than Ralf Rangnick determined, on deadline day, that he needed to maintain maintain of him.

It was then reported in Could that Newcastle had been “determined” to signal him on a free switch as his contract with the Purple Devils was not renewed.

Nonetheless, Dan Ashworth arrived because the membership’s sporting director shortly after that and hypothesis over a transfer for the midfielder quickly dried up, with Nottingham Forest finally signing Lingard on a free in the direction of the tip of July.

His type since making the transfer to the Metropolis Floor means that the Magpies chief dodged a bullet by avoiding the Englishman in the summertime.

The attacking midfielder had scored 9 objectives and supplied 5 assists in 16 Premier League outings on mortgage at West Ham within the second half of the 2020/21 marketing campaign however has failed to copy that in Nottingham, as proven by the statistics above.

Lingard has not made any important contributions for his workforce on the high finish of the pitch and has been a legal responsibility off the ball, shedding 64% of his particular person duels.

Earlier this month, Darren Bent criticised the flop’s performances for Steve Cooper’s facet this season while talking on talkSPORT: 

“Jesse Lingard, I do know they received him on a free however they’re giving him an terrible lot of cash.

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“Together with his expertise and what he’s accomplished within the Premier League and what he did on his final mortgage spell at West Ham. There’s received to be extra from Jesse Lingard, he’s enjoying like a shell of himself.”

He’s presently nineteenth within the Forest squad by way of common SofaScore scores and his rating of 6.56 would place him twentieth at Newcastle, solely forward of Jamal Lewis (6.30).

Subsequently, Ashworth dodged a bullet with the 29-year-old because the flop, who’s reportedly on £200k-per-week, has not been ok within the Premier League up to now this season and will have been a stunning signing for the Magpies together with his lack of finish product on the pitch.

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