Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce has defended Nottingham Forest over their decision to sign Jesse Lingard.

The former England star has been talking to the Ealing Times where he was quizzed on the ex-Manchester United man.

Lingard has been coached by Pearce before, during a short spell in East London with West Ham two years ago.

He scored nine goals and claimed five assists during his time with the Hammers and was adored by the supporters.

Pearce defended Lingard
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His time at the club was so good that supporters believed they would sign him when he became a free agent in the summer.

But, Forest nipped in and landed him instead leading to lots of bitter West Ham fans suggesting he had no ambition.

Lingard’s time at the club has been okay. He’s worked hard but hasn’t perhaps got the rewards he deserves in terms of goals and assists.

The 29-year-old did score his first goal for the club against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup last week.

Pearce isn’t fussed by the fact he’s not registered a load of goals or assists and still thinks he’s a useful addition.

He told the Ealing Times: “I don’t think his signing was a misfire – he’s a very good player, we saw that at West Ham.

“He’s a really good player and he will be a good addition to Forest, in the long run, I have no doubt about that.”

“Jesse will be the first to admit that his form may not have been as good as he would like but listen, he’s a quality player.”

Lingard defended by Pearce over Forest form

It’s nice to hear Pearce say positive things about the Forest player.

It would seem as though the player is somewhat misunderstood and his form hasn’t been through a lack of trying.

Lingard has worked desperately hard to try and improve his form and yesterday he showed some good form again.

Pearce defended Lingard
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The World Cup is perhaps coming at the wrong time for Lingard.

He’s just starting to show some genuine quality and Forest fans are starting to take to him.

Pearce will be hoping that the player he used to catch can kick on next year and help Forest remain in the division.

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