An update has emerged on Newcastle United’s interest in Manchester United gem Jesse Lingard, regarding a huge call on his future…
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the England international wants to fight for his spot at Old Trafford under Ralf Rangnick and does not want to leave midway through the campaign.
The report claims that the Magpies will now not be pursuing a deal for him in the January transfer window following on from his decision.
Although this update now appears to rule out the possibility of him arriving at St. James’ Park next month, Newcastle must reignite their interest and attempt to persuade him to change his mind.
The attacking midfielder has only played eight minutes of football in the Premier League this season, yet has more goals (two) than every Newcastle player aside of Allan Saint-Maximin (three) and Callum Wilson (six). This not only highlights the United man’s knack for scoring goals but also shows how much the Magpies have struggled at the top end of the pitch.
Lingard also scored nine goals and provided four assists in 16 games on loan to West Ham in the top-flight last season, with Toon legend Alan Shearer hailing him as “stunning”. This further emphasises the point that he knows how to score at this level and that is why he could have been an exciting signing for Howe’s team.
Red Devils coach Michael Carrick previously went out of his way to laud the Englishman. He said:
“I think his movement is excellent. It’s something that sounds quite simple, but it’s difficult to defend against.
“He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a dribbler with skills and tricks but he’s dynamic. How he plays, he is unique in some ways. You don’t see so much of that now as everyone wants to get on the ball. Off the ball, he’s very effective.”
The £80k-per-week gem is a proven Premier League player and supporters will be frustrated that the chances of him joining their team have all but diminished before the transfer window has even opened.
This, along with his goalscoring quality, is why Nick Hammond and Howe must do all they can to bring him to Tyneside before February – reigniting their interest in him and prising the forward away from Old Trafford.