Nottingham Forest forward Jesse Lingard has been defended by TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara, with talk once again turning towards his shock move to the City Ground.

The radio station just can’t leave the ex-Manchester United man alone! Newcastle beat Forest comprehensively on Saturday, yet, of course, TalkSPORT can’t wait to make it all about Lingard.

Forest beat West Ham to the signing of the 29-year-old. Evangelos Marinakis persuaded the England forward to sign for the Reds last month.

Lingard defended by O'Hara
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Having missed most of pre-season, it will take Lingard some time to get up to speed but there were glimpses of quality at the weekend.

O’Hara has now defended the Forest man. He thinks that the player had every right to demand a sizeable wage, given that he’s signed on a free transfer.

The former Tottenham man told the Sports Breakfast on TalkSPORT (09/08; 07:00): “One thing about Jesse Lingard, which I like, is that he doesn’t really hide. He will always try and receive the ball even if he’s not really happening; he will also get in areas to receive the ball.

“I think you need to get off his back and give the guy a chance! Give him a break.

“You can criticise a player for earning a lot of money but at the end of the day, the man was on a free transfer.

“He can demand the wages, you can’t then have a go at him.”

Lingard defended by O’Hara and the media need to let it go

Is it really so hard to believe that Forest have tried to show a bit of ambition with their transfer business this summer? Maybe Forest should have won promotion and chosen to do what Norwich typically does and not reinvest at all.

The Lingard stuff is now turning into borderline bullying and it needs to stop. In a world where if we should do anything, we should be kind, the media are clearly forgetting that stance with their constant barrage of abuse to Lingard.

Lingard defended by O'Hara
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Forest fans will protect their man. One thing that the Reds faithful are is loyal and they won’t be happy to keep hearing constant stick thrown in the direction of one of their new players.

It’s nice to hear O’Hara defend Lingard. He did say in the interview that £200,000-a-week was the wage that the forward earns but that does seem to be a mandatory requirement when discussing him on TalkSPORT.

Hopefully, in the coming weeks, Forest man Lingard can start making a few of these pundits eat humble pie.

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