Newcastle United are Sky Bet favorites (odds 7/1) to sign Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard. If it was 2016, I would totally agree. I was interested in Jesse Lingard back when the club were interested in signing him at 23 who was bowled over by his playing time at Old Trafford. Back then it would have been cheaper, now it looks like the club will have to pay more for a player who competes with stalwarts like Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fully prepared and willing to let Jesse Lingard move this summer, and is ready to listen to Newcastle United’s offer. Newcastle United would likely have to pay over £ 20million for the midfielder / winger, which would use up a lot of what the club are looking to spend on left-back, right-back and forward targets.
Newcastle United are still in the middle of a stalemate with exceptional midfielder Matty Longstaff. This has been of great concern to management and fans alike, who believe their local star is about to leave. Newcastle United might just be looking for a possible replacement for Matty, and I can’t blame them if it’s just a matter of foresight. However, Lingard’s contract is said to be around the amount Matty is looking to receive from Newcastle so why the club refused to pay continues to confuse me to this day.
I love Lingard and I love his game. He has had his fair share of calls from England, and I think he would be a good addition to the Newcastle midfielder’s already strong roster. The only problem is that I find it surplus to what the club already has. He won’t be able to save Isaac Hayden, he’s injured, and Matty Longstaff is already doing almost the same as Lingard, but he’s younger and has more advantages.
The club should focus on strengthening their defense, as well as finding a better striker than the current options of Dwight Gayle, Joelinton and Andy Carroll. These are issues that must be resolved immediately. Not if the club wants another midfielder.
Any team that signs Lingard should definitely start him as he is a worthy midfielder option and provides quality control over the ball. Newcastle United already have that. There are glaring gaps in the club’s roster, and Lingard won’t fix those issues, he’s just going to eat away at any money that could.