Gary Lineker has jumped to the defence of Nottingham Forest player Jesse Lingard; following the backlash from several media outlets and pundits regarding his move to the City Ground.

The former Manchester United man has joined the Reds on a one-year contract. He’s thought to be earning around £120,000-a-week by the time performance related add ons have been added.

Lingard rejected West Ham to sign for Forest. Choosing a newly promoted team has disgruntled several pundits who have slammed the versatile forward for his decision.

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Now, Lingard has found sympathy from an unlikely source. Lineker is a huge Leicester fan and it might upset their supporters to hear one of their own leaping to the defence of a Forest player.

The Match of the Day host made the claims following a piece from Matt Davies of Nottingham Live. He wrote an article suggesting that the criticism of Lingard was pretty awful.

The 29-year-old has been tempted to sign for Forest after being heavily courted by the Marinakis family. He may have declined offers from other clubs but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a useful signing for the Reds.

Forest will hope to see him strutting his stuff sooner rather than later. He might get the chance to feature for the Reds tomorrow night as Steve Cooper takes his team to Notts County.

Lineker jumps to defence of Lingard and people need to leave him alone

The outrage that the signing has caused has been nothing short of ridiculous. It’s almost as if Forest were expected to win promotion and then lie down and admit defeat in their survival quest.

Lingard is hoping to produce the goods at Forest. If he does, he should have every chance of making the England squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

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Lineker is a man of great integrity. It’s perhaps surprising that he’s jumped to the defence of a Forest player but it’s nice to see someone with such a following do so.

All Lingard can do is get on the pitch and start performing to his capabilities. If he does that, it won’t really matter what pundits and his critics have to say.

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