It’s almost a week since Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.
The deal was completed and some pundits blew a gasket, taking cheap shots at the ex-Manchester United man.
Lingard had an offer on the table from West Ham too and people couldn’t believe he chose Forest ahead of them.
Richard Keys took real satisfaction in slamming Lingard – and even said some unkind things about Forest.
He claimed that the Reds would struggle to win 10 games and that Lingard’s motive was all about the finances on offer.
Indeed, the salary will have helped but the 29-year-old also knows he will play every week at Forest.
Still, Key’s was downright horrible to Lingard, considerably he doesn’t know him on a personal level.
He called him ‘bang ordinary’ and stated that he might struggle to play alongside inferior players at Forest.
Cooper has taken an indirect shot back at media outlets and pundits slating Lingard.
He told the club’s official website: “We don’t think too much about what other people say.
“We just try and do the best we can internally and believe in what we do.
“It’s about silencing out the noise apart from the one our supporters make.”
Signing of Lingard completed and Forest fans might get to see him on Saturday
Forest take on Valencia at Meadow Lane on Saturday and that could be the chance for Lingard to make his Forest debut.
There is only one way that the new arrival can silence his critics and that’s by doing the business on the pitch.
Richard Keys is of course entitled to his opinion, however, there was no need to be quite so cynical.
Cooper’s comments typify the class and integrity of the man and it’s great to see him defend Lingard.
It’s baffling that some people can’t see just how good of a deal this is from a Forest point of view.
Lingard has 32 England caps and played over 200 times for Manchester United during his career.
Okay, he’s lost his way in recent times but featuring every week should do him good.
Lingard scored nine goals in 16 outings during the second half of 2020/21 and Forest will hope he can show similar form on Trentside.