West Ham United had been closely linked with a transfer for former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard over the summer season, with the Englishman seemingly in line for a return to the London Stadium following his earlier, spectacular mortgage stint with the Hammers throughout the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
The 29-year-old – who had come available on the market as a free agent after securing an exit from Outdated Trafford on the finish of final season – had netted 9 targets and supplied 4 assists in simply 16 video games for the east Londoners throughout that gorgeous momentary spell, with a reunion with David Moyes and co having appeared a smart alternative for all events.
Because it proved, nonetheless, the 32-cap gem – who had been tipped to return to the Irons on a everlasting deal final summer season – in the end snubbed that change in favour of a transfer to newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, becoming a member of Steve Cooper’s facet on a one-year deal.
That had appeared one thing of a blow for the Irons such was the participant’s affect on the membership two seasons in the past, though on latest proof GSB could properly have dodged a howler close to that failed strategy, with Lingard having underwhelmed in his new environment so far.
The £200k-per-week playmaker was one among 22 main offers accomplished by the Metropolis Floor outfit within the latest window, though like most he has did not make his mark in latest months, with the Midlands facet at present languishing on the foot of the desk with simply 4 factors from their opening eight league video games.
The £16.2m-rated dud has actually been culpable for that dismal begin to life again within the Premier League for the Garibaldi, having failed to attain or register an help so removed from his seven appearances, whereas additionally failing to create a single large likelihood from his artistic beginning berth.
Did West Ham dodge a howler on Lingard?
No, I wished him!
His struggles have been laid naked within the latest 4-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Leicester Metropolis on Monday night because the Warrington-born menace made simply 23 touches in his 69-minute outing, failing to report a single profitable dribble and contributing zero key passes to underline his lack of affect.
To make issues worse, the previous Hammers loanee was additionally at fault within the build-up to the Foxes’ opener, producing a “horrendous clearance try” – within the phrases of journalist Dom Smith – previous to James Maddison’s deflected strike.
That efficiency – which has seen Cooper tipped for a departure because of this – led to journalist Dom Gourlay to dub Lingard, in addition to a handful of different new additions, as merely “disinterested”, with it already wanting like a possible mistake for each the membership and participant.
It stays to be seen simply why the participant would decide to snub the possibility of European soccer at West Ham for all times at a newly-promoted outfit, with Sky Sports activities pundit Jamie Carragher suggesting that he had solely completed so “for the cash”.
In fact, Moyes and co gained’t be dropping any sleep over their incapacity to get the Crimson Devils academy graduate via the door this summer season, with it one thing of a blessing in disguise that he opted for Forest as a substitute.