Rio Ferdinand has told Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE that Jesse Lingard has made the wrong decision to join Nottingham Forest. He’s also stuck the boot into the City Ground club with a blunt prediction.

Forest were beaten 2-0 by Newcastle in their first Premier League game for 23 years. The Reds went down to goals by Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson at St James’ Park.

Lingard played the full 90 minutes on the opening weekend of the season. His move to Forest met with some surprise, with many claiming he’s signed for the Reds for the money.

Ferdinand on Lingard
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Ferdinand doesn’t think Lingard has made the right choice. He also believes that Forest are set for a season of struggle during their maiden campaign back in the Premier League.

Ferdinand told Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE: “No. West Ham was on the table. They wanted him. It was spoken about for ages.

“He missed a lot of football went to West Ham and proved what I thought he was always capable of. He got himself back in the England squad.

“He’s gone and signed a one-year deal at Nottingham Forest who will likely be relegation threatened.

“Jesse, I just feel West Ham was such a great fit, will he be smiling at Nottingham Forest when they don’t have the ball? They’re going to be getting beat every week.”

Ferdinand slams Lingard and Forest

This debate really is growing tiresome now. Forest have captured Lingard and perhaps the player simply saw that his chances to play football would be higher at Forest.

Lingard showed a couple of glimpses of his quality on Saturday. There will be more to come from him though and perhaps he can be a star player for Forest this season.

Ferdinand on Lingard
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It really is time for people to let the lad crack on and play football. It’s not really any business of any pundit why Lingard has made his decision and the vendetta seems wrong.

Ferdinand has played with Lingard before. Clearly, he feels he’d have been better off at West Ham and the challenge for the 29-year-old is to prove him wrong.

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