Charlie Adam suggested on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport that successful West Ham star Jesse Lingard would be glad he hadn’t joined Newcastle in January.
The former Scotland international wondered what Lingard’s confidence would have looked like had he joined the relegation-threatened squad and not moved in Champions League pursuit West Ham.
Lingard has been one of the Premier League’s best players since trading Old Trafford for London Stadium.
These performances have earned him a deserved recall from England and he hopes to play for his country tomorrow night.
Nonetheless, former Liverpool player Adam called Lingard a ‘smart’ footballer and shared his thoughts on his decision to move to West Ham.
“Lingard is a player that I have always loved,” said Adam. “I think he’s a smart footballer. He is very dynamic. He can find space. And score good goals.
“Now it looks like he’s got a clear mind. He knows what he wants. He is hungry. But the only thing that stopped him was Bruno Fernandes. The statistics produced by Fernandes since he walked through the doors have been phenomenal.
“He (Lingard) joined a team that was playing well at the time. Can you imagine, I’ve seen it tied to a Newcast / the and a Brighton, things like that, which are down the league.
“What would his confidence look like now (if he joined them)? But now he’s stepped into a team that wins the majority of their games and is in the top half and that has taken his game to another level.
It could have been very different for Lingard because those in the North East were eager to take him during the winter transfer window.
But the light-footed playmaker chose to move to the capital and reunite with his former manager, David Moyes.
Now the Hammers are potentially heading for a top four, while Newcastle hope to avoid a third relegation under Mikel Ashley’s tenure as owner.
In other news, the reported Rangers target was left out of the squad; club ready to let go of £ 15million man