Jesse Lingard raised eyebrows in the summer when he rejected West Ham to sign for Nottingham Forest.
The Reds attacker was a free agent after being released by Manchester United after a long association at Old Trafford.
Lingard arrived pretty late on in the summer. As a result, he didn’t get a full pre-season and has been playing catch-up.
The Forest fans can be a tough crowd. With that in mind, the 29-year-old has endured criticism during a poor run of form for the Reds.
One bizarre critique thrown at him is that he doesn’t care.
Often misunderstood, fans and pundits are sometimes guilty of presuming Lingard’s activities off the pitch mean he’s not focused.
What a load of rubbish.
Just because the forward is lively on social media, plays video games and has his own clothing range, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about football.
It was a monumental day for the football club and the hope will be that the team can start picking up results consistently.
The footage should also silence the lazy concept that Lingard doesn’t care about doing well for Forest.
There was one moment when the camera zoomed in on the dugout in the closing stages.
As Dean Henderson made a world-class save to deny Virgil van Dijk, Lingard turned away with his heart seemingly in his mouth.
The eagle-eyed cameraman then showed the 29-year-old kicking every ball and cheering his teammates on.
Lingard raised eyebrows and it’s time to cut the criticism
Forget the ex-United man’s antics from the dugout on Saturday, he was vastly improved on the pitch.
In terms of chances created for Forest this season, Lingard sits top of the pile with Morgan Gibbs-White who has also created nine.
He’s also had seven shots, although he is still awaiting his first goal in the Garibaldi.
It just seems the assumption that because he’s being paid handsomely he doesn’t care as much as others.
Lingard has always had quite a relaxed style on the pitch and that’s simply the way he plays.
The dugout footage from the weekend showcases just how desperate Lingard is to see Forest begin to climb the table.
As a result, it’s time fans got off his case.