Manchester United and Jesse Lingard have been advised to part ways this summer after his sensational rebirth at West Ham.
The attacking midfielder has been in fantastic form since his loan switch to the London Stadium in the winter transfer window.
Another two goals in a 3-2 win over Leicester City has put the Hammers into the top four as they hunt Champions League qualification.
The 28-year-old now has eight goals and three assists in just nine matches.
The performance against the Foxes came in front of England manager Gareth Southgate, who will also be taking note ahead of Euro 2020.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another who will be taking an interest but he’s been told by club Andy Cole he should allow Lingard to leave come the summer, no matter how impressive the performances have been.
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“The opportunity for him to go on loan to West Ham came at a fantastic time. He’s taken it with both hands,” Cole told The Sunday Session.
“Now Manchester United have a decision to make. Take him back or sell him in the summer for a little bit more money than was expected?
“I think if I was Manchester United, I would move him on. And if I was Jesse I would want to go and play games. Definitely.”
And Arsenal hero Perry Groves backed Cole’s comments.
The former winger insisted that even if the turnaround in his fortunes is beyond belief, he will still only be a backup to Bruno Fernandes.
“He knows if he goes back to Man United he’s a squad player. That’s it,” added Groves.
“This is a bonus for him really because he wanted to prove that he was still good enough, hungry enough, and fit enough to play in the Premier League. That’s done and dusted.
“To get himself back in the England squad. If you’d told him that at the beginning of February, ‘by the way, there is every chance you can be in the Euros squad’, he’d have gone ‘nah, no chance’.”
And Cole reckons right now, Lingard should be a shoo-in for Southgate’s England group.
He added: “Ultimately when you come to this stage of the season you have got to take the players in form.
“I don’t really care about, ‘oh, yeah, he, six months ago was fantastic’, I’m talking about now because the tournament is going to be when the season finishes in, what, May? Three weeks later. You have got to take the players in form and if Jesse continues this then why not?”
Published at Sun, 11 Apr 2021 17:49:22 +0000