Paul Merson fires Jesse Lingard Nottingham Forest warning - Football Roof

Paul Merson fires Jesse Lingard Nottingham Forest warning

Former Arsenal star turned pundit Paul Merson has reacted to Jesse Lingard’s shock switch to Nottingham Forest.

The England worldwide discovered himself dealing with an unsure future on the finish of the season.

After failing to increase his contract at Manchester United, Lingard, 29, grew to become a free agent, and though needed again by former mortgage membership West Ham, the midfielder lately agreed to hitch Steve Cooper’s Reds.

The 29-year-old’s transfer not solely took lots of people abruptly, but it surely additionally raised questions on what the midfielder’s motives have been for becoming a member of a newly promoted membership as a substitute of the Hammers, who will play European soccer subsequent season.

Writing in his Daily Star column in regards to the former United playmaker’s choice to maneuver to the Metropolis Floor, Merson mentioned: “Lingard is an efficient participant.

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“However not one of the Large Six golf equipment have been in for him. And I can’t consider Nottingham Forest are paying him a king’s ransom to go there.

“He was most likely holding out for an enormous membership. He might have signed for West Ham a yr or so in the past. However the large golf equipment didn’t come calling. He’s mainly misplaced a season of his profession sitting ready at Manchester United and now he’s going to Nottingham Forest.”

Happening to foretell how Lingard will do at Forest, Merson thinks the 29-year-old will likely be starved of alternatives, one thing he didn’t expertise whereas with David Moyes’ Hammers 18-months in the past.

“No disrespect, Forest have achieved nice and the supervisor is totally different class, however he’ll be engaged on scraps there. He’ll play video games for them the place he’s not had a sniff of a objective,” the ex-Gunner added.

“Possibly he desires to verify he performs each week. And truthful play to him if that’s the case. He’s missed a number of soccer. It’s a brief profession, he’s not getting any youthful, and he must play each week. Forest want an X-Issue and Lingard will be that.”

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