Tottenham Hotspur’s name has been swirling around the uncertain Manchester United future of Jesse Lingard. During the summer transfer window, Jose Mourinho and co were reportedly eyeing up a £30million swoop to reunite the pair after the three-time Premier League winner was sacked from his role with the Red Devils.
However, talks fizzled out and The Athletic’s Charlie Eccelshare claimed that Mourinho is not interested in bringing Lingard to north London. In fact, there is reportedly “no chance” that a deal between the England international and Spurs will come to fruition.
Whilst this may be a blow for the player, it’s good news for the Tottenham fans who have been crying out for some creativity in the middle of the park.
Despite being an England international and a huge name associated with one of the biggest clubs in the world, Lingard is not a player many clubs would move mountains to sign. At 27-years-old, the attacking midfielder is still yet to wow the world with a sublime season in front of goal. Whilst he may simply have a case of late-bloomeritis, Spurs do not have the time to wait around for a player to show his worth.
The Tottenham engine room is seriously lacking and Mourinho needs a creative player who is going to arrive and immediately make waves. The perfect example is Bruno Fernandes at United, who Spurs will undoubtedly be kicking themselves over not signing a year earlier.
The Lilywhites are currently second in the Premier League table, but they have been resting heavily on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Between the dynamic duo, they have scored 15 of Tottenham’s 19 goals this season and have assisted ten of them (via BBC Sport). Whilst the pair work wonderfully together, Spurs know all too well how detrimental it is to have one – or both – sidelined through injury.
The club cannot afford to rely solely on the two attackers to find the back of the net. Mourinho will be looking for an influential No.10 who can fill the shoes of Christian Eriksen – it appears that despite being labelled as “unique” by Michael Carrick in 2018, he is unlikely to move to north London.
In 209 appearances for Man United, the England international has found the back of the net 33 times and has assisted just 20 further goals. Lingard scored just one league goal last season and four the term before. Whilst his best return was his eight goals and six assists in 2017/18, he has been unable to replicate these numbers and has fallen drastically down the pecking order at Old Trafford (via Transfermarkt).
Earning £90,000 per week would place the 27-year-old higher than regular starter Harry Winks if Lingard was to join Spurs. An odd thought considering he would be unlikely to start ahead of the fellow midfield man.