Jesse Lingard’s decision to sign for Nottingham Forest has been met with some negativity from Gary Neville. The Sky Sports pundit has been discussing the Reds’ stellar signing on The Overlap Live which aired today.
The 29-year-old was nicked from the clutches of West Ham at the eleventh hour. Lingard has claimed that he felt loved by the club’s owner and was keen to sample the project that Steve Cooper wants to achieve at Forest.
Forest fans have been forced to defend their new signing from supporters and pundits. Many believe that he’s gone purely for the money, with several contrasting reports claiming different sums of money that Lingard is supposedly earning.
Neville doesn’t completely disagree with that notion. He’s also quipped that perhaps even Lingard doesn’t believe that Forest can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
He said on The Overlap Live: “The Lingard thing was just a one-year deal. It was almost like he was telling everybody, I don’t think these will stay up. Maybe, I’m wrong but I think that was a cold thing to do, you commit to a club for two years at least. It feels a bit clinical.
“They could have shaped it in a different way. It’s a transactional deal. It looks like he’s coming for that one-year deal and then he’s off again. This will not be viewed well if it goes wrong.”
Lingard decision met with negativity from Neville
This is pretty nonsensical from Neville. Quite why Lingard would risk his own reputation with relegation on his CV makes no sense whatsoever.
Lingard is a player that has a point to prove. He will want to put himself back in the thoughts of England boss Gareth Southgate and he won’t do that in a relegation battle.
Okay, Lingard will have liked the financial incentive of joining Forest. It’s fair to say, however, that he could have earned far more by signing for other clubs.
Only time will tell what happens with Lingard in the future. There is no way on this earth that he doesn’t believe that Forest have what it takes to stay in the division this season.