Tottenham Hotspur could now make a surprise move for Jesse Lingard, according to reports…
The Daily Telegraph believe the free-agent midfielder is being considered by the Spurs hierarchy as they look to improve their homegrown quota heading into the 2022/23 season.
Premier League rivals West Ham United remain keen on the 29-year-old, whilst the Toffees have also been linked with interest. Given that he is now out of contract, he would not cost a penny to Lilywhites owners, the ENIC Group.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte isn’t afraid to strengthen his squad for the here and now, as seen by Perisic’s arrival. Even over in Italy at Inter Milan, the 52-year-old was quick to add some experience, with veteran Ashley Young making the switch from Manchester United in 2020.
Adding Lingard to his current options would certainly be a wise and shrewd move, especially considering their homegrown problems.
Despite a serious lack of game-time at the Red Devils last season, Lingard still ranked amongst the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe for pressures per 90 (26.35), a key attribute which will tick a box for Conte.
FBRef also likens his playing style to Arsenal duo Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe.
Once dubbed “top-class” by former United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and “absolutely phenomenal” by talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham for his form during a lucrative loan spell at the Hammers towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign, the Englishman could bolster Conte’s squad in a key area and, at the same time, fix their homegrown problems.
Signing Lingard, who won’t cost anything in terms of a transfer fee, would surely be a very wise decision from sporting director Fabio Paratici this summer.
AND in other news, Spurs agree on personal terms with this 21 y/o gem…