Jesse Lingard signed for Nottingham Forest last week on a free transfer. Since then, he’s been subjected to some unwanted abuse from pundits largely featuring on TalkSPORT.
The former Manchester United man ending his wait to sign for a new club. In rejecting the offer from West Ham, Lingard has received some really vile comments that frankly, he doesn’t deserve.
Forest’s new player has also been on the end of some criticism from West Ham fans. The hierarchy pulled out of a deal for Arnaut Danjuma as they felt they would sign Lingard. Now, they’ve ended up with neither.
Lingard will have an immediate chance to ram the abuse from West Ham fans back down their throat. The 29-year-old should face the Hammers in Forest’s first home game back in the Premier League.
The versatile forward has a history of silencing former clubs too. West Ham were on the wrong end last season when Lingard scored for Manchester United during a 2-1 win at the London Stadium.
On that occasion, Lingard kept things respectful. He chose not to celebrate, despite sparking pandemonium in the away end and helping United claim a big victory.
Indeed, Lingard might not be so downbeat if he finds the net for Forest against the Hammers. Especially considering some of the mindboggling stuff that has been written about him since joining Forest.
The player who typically operates as a number 10 is a marquee signing by Forest. Okay, the Reds have made him their highest-paid player ever but at least the Reds are showing ambition.
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The former Hammers player enjoyed a stunning spell in London. In 16 games he scored nine goals and claimed five assists as the Hammers qualified for Europe.
Lingard is misunderstood. People seem to think that because he’s active on social media that he doesn’t take his professional trade remotely serious but that isn’t the case.
Gareth Southgate has spoken of how much he appreciated having Lingard in the England dressing room. He’s a player that has always given his all when called upon by the Three Lions.
Lingard will hope to do well on Trentside. Indeed, if he does what he did last season and scores against West Ham on August 13th, he might not be quite so reserved this time.