Former Manchester United star Jaap Stam has claimed that Jesse Lingard was always going to find it difficult at Nottingham Forest.
In an interview with Voetbal Primeur, the former defender also made a comical quip about the player’s wages.
Lingard stunned West Ham in the summer when he chose to sign for Forest instead.
David Moyes felt that he’d got his man after a summer-long pursuit but the Reds stole in at the final moment.
Lingard was convinced to sign for Forest by the club’s hierarchy and it looked like a stellar signing on paper.
So far he’s failed to claim an assist or score a goal for the Reds and the critics are out in full force.
More was expected of the player, although his lack of goal contributions hasn’t been down to a lack of effort.
Stam believes it was always going to be difficult for Lingard to make much of an impact at Forest.
He told Voetbal Primeur: “That’s always difficult. If you come to another team as an individual with fewer good players, you have to excel.
“That makes it very difficult.
“I earned what he does in three years, him in a week. Times are changing. These kinds of players are attracted from a big club, but they expect something extra.”
Stam claims Lingard was always going to find it difficult at Forest
Fair play to Stam, he’s managed to keep up with the pundit protocol and mention the money he earns when discussing Lingard.
The Forest man really is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t
If he was tearing up the Premier League, fans would suggest that it’s the least he should be doing on such a salary.
Now, he’s not lots are saying that he needs to be doing more.
It is what it is and elite sports will always see people debate players and their form.
Forest do need Lingard to get firing though.
He’s the experienced head and the been-there-and-done-it-before man when it comes to the Premier League.
His lack of goal contributions hasn’t been through a lack of trying.
The challenge for Steve Cooper is to find a way of getting the best out of the ex-Manchester United man.
If he does that, Forest – and Lingard – could really start to fly up the league table.