‘I am confused, why he didn’t join West Ham permanently?’: Trevor Sinclair questions Jesse Lingard’s ambitions after ‘turning down return to London Stadium before rejecting new deal at Manchester United’
- Jesse Lingard scored nine goals for West Ham in the second half of last season
- His form saw him re-called to a provisional 33-man England squad for Euro 2020
- He did not leave Manchester United and has now reportedly rejected new deal
- Trevor Sinclair insists he cannot understand why he did not re-join the Hammers
Trevor Sinclair insists Jesse Lingard is ‘not as ambitious as I’d like him to be’ after reportedly turning down a return to West Ham before allegedly rejecting a new deal at Manchester United.
The 28-year-old excelled at the London Stadium after joining on loan for the second half of last season, scoring nine Premier League goals for David Moyes’ side and playing a pivotal role in helping them qualify for the Europa League.
His form saw him picked for England’s provisional 33-man squad for Euro 2020 this summer, although he was later cut from the final 26-man squad named by Gareth Southgate.
Trevor Sinclair (L) has questioned the ambition of Jesse Lingard (R) after failing to move
Lingard scored nine goals for West Ham last term but some reports claim he turned down return
But the Hammers were unable to secure a permanent deal for the England international after failing to meet United’s valuation, but some reports now claim the player himself was not keen on a return and had instead set his sights on fighting for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
However, earlier this week, reports claimed Lingard had rejected a new contract at Old Trafford amid concerns over a lack of playing time.
And former Hammers winger Sinclair insists he remains perplexed as to why he did not re-join the east London side as the ‘main man’ this summer.
‘If he doesn’t get given the assurances and signs the new deal, then he’s not as ambitious as I’d like him to be,’ Sinclair said of Lingard – who has played just four minutes of club football this season – on talkSPORT.
His form in the second half of last season saw him re-called to a provisional England squad
‘I am confused, why he didn’t join West Ham permanently? He was loved there, he was the main man.
‘He played once for Manchester United last season, he played 16 times for West Ham. He scored goals, got back into the England squad, why wouldn’t he want to sign for them?
‘Why would you not want to be in that environment?’
Stuart Pearce also believes Lingard is too good to be on the fringes of the United squad and missed a trick by not moving away from Old Trafford this summer.
But he reportedly chose to stay at United and fight for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, only to then allegedly reject a new deal earlier this week
‘He has missed the opportunity to leave United in this transfer window,’ Pearce told talkSPORT via the Evening Standard.
‘He can reassess his situation come January once again and decide whether there is an opportunity to move clubs or whatever. He holds the cards. The most important thing for him at the moment is his football.
‘He is playing the odd game for United and playing extremely well for England. Those performances for England might just help get him in the United side.
‘He is too good a player to be sat on the outside of it not playing to be honest. He is at an age where he needs to be playing now.’
Stuart Pearce also believes Lingard is too good to be on the fringes of the United squad
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