Jesse Lingard has told Jim White on TalkSPORT that Nottingham Forest fans will start to see the best of him as the season progresses.
The 29-year-old endured a slow start to life at the Reds but he’s been working tirelessly to try and improve his form for the club.
Lingard made the shock decision to sign for the Reds, despite interest from West Ham during the summer transfer window.
The attacker was offered a handsome salary to sign for the Hammers but the Forest hierarchy managed to persuade him to come to the City Ground.
Lingard has enjoyed an exceptional week in the Garibaldi.
He scored and claimed an assist as Forest stunned Tottenham in the Carabao Cup and was then brilliant as the Reds beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Lingard is of the belief that he’s slowly but surely showing the Forest fan base exactly what he’s all about.
He told TalkSPORT (15/11; 11:10): “I didn’t have a pre-season so that didn’t help.
“I then had a few niggles so was in and out of the team at first.
“The past couple of games have been better and I think I’ve started to show the real Jesse Lingard.
“It takes time but I know I will come good in the end as I always work hard behind the scenes.”
Jesse Lingard says Forest fans will see the best of him
This is open and frank from Lingard and it would appear that he’s misunderstood.
Many media outlets and fans of other clubs simply love to boo or belittle Lingard but he constantly works hard for the team.
Even some Forest fans have been less than complimentary about him and frustrations did run high earlier in the season.
The ones in the stadium, however, have been largely satisfied with Lingard, particularly in recent weeks.
He was mesmerising at times against Tottenham and he was once again constantly probing against Palace on Saturday.
Lingard’s experience could be vital during the second half of 2022/23.
Forest fans will hope that the 32-time England performer will continue to showcase his quality when domestic action resumed.