West Brom continue to be linked with a move for Jesse Lingard before the upcoming transfer deadline…
According to ESPN correspondent Rob Dawson, the Baggies are among the sides keen on taking the out-of-favour Manchester United winger on loan in the coming days.
It’s claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now given the green light over the 28-year-old leaving Old Trafford this window, and it is thought that the Englishman would like to remain in the Premier League.
Along with Albion, the likes of Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Sheffield United have all been mooted as potential destinations.
With this mooted interest in Lingard, it may well push Kamil Grosicki closer to the exit door as it’s not really a position that needs strengthening more than say upfront – only one fit striker – or in defence – the backline leakiest in the division.
But that doesn’t mean Allardyce shouldn’t look to add Lingard, he’d still be a decent upgrade on what he currently has, and of course, he also has bags of top-flight experience.
Having racked up 133 appearances in the Premier League and another 38 in European competitions, the £9m-rated attacker has fallen down the Red Devils’ pecking order, only playing in cup competitions this term.
The 28-year-old is a player who, in the past, has been likened to Spanish great Andres Iniesta – former United coach Rene Meulensteen said, via talkSPORT:
“The difference with Jesse is that he was always the English version of Iniesta. He can play in the pockets, he’s very mobile and very agile. He can beat a man and he’s good in combination play. The last few seasons he started to score important goals as well.”
Indeed as a regular starter across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns, Lingard delivered 12 goals and seven assists, managing a high of 1.7 shots and 0.8 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
These are merely two figures that suggest he’s a creative influence from midfield as well as a goal threat, so those comparisons are true – to an extent.
By comparison, when Allardyce has turned to Grosicki this term, he’s truly yet to take the opportunity on – averaging only one shot per game, while he’s not been able to record a single dribble despite being a winger.
According to journalist Michal Pol (via Sport Witness), there is a chance that the Poland international returns to his home country before the February 1st deadline, something that should ultimately be sanctioned.
With Lingard seemingly free to leave United, it would be wise to finally offload the £50k-per-week flop.
AND in other news, Why West Brom need to take a punt on this £120k-per-week dud…