‘An 8-10 goal a season man’ – Sam Allardyce outlines demands for under-fire United midfielder
Former Premier League manager Sam Allardyce thinks Jesse Lingard should be scoring as many as 10 goals a season, after discussing the midfielder’s form following the emergence of an alarming statistic surrounding his recent performances.
The midfielder’s lack of goalscoring input in recent months has been highlighted online, with Lingard enjoying a purple patch in December with four goals and two assists in the Premier League – but nothing else of note since the back-end of last season:
Did Jesse Lingard score or assist a PL goal?
May 2018: no
Aug 2018: no
Sep 2018: no
Oct 2018: no
Nov 2018: no
Dec 2018: YES (4G 2A)
Jan 2019: no
Feb 2019: no
Mar 2019: no
Apr 2019: no
May 2019: no
Aug 2019: no pic.twitter.com/YGP1XOAIOg
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) August 19, 2019
Allardyce feels that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have made Lingard aware of this, while he would have made sure the midfielder knew his place in the squad would be under threat – and suggested the respectable level he should be aspiring towards.
He told TalkSPORT: “From a personal point of view and a manager’s point of view, the warning signs would have been brought up by now.
“The player would have been called in and I would have said to him, ‘you haven’t got a lot of time to put this right before your place is taken by somebody else’.
“As a manager you have to be ruthless, you have to make these decisions and you have to try to explain to a player in the best way you can.
“At Manchester United, Lingard has got to be an 8-10 goal a season man in his position, and maybe six or eight assists as well.
While there may be no denying Lingard is due for an improvement in terms of goals and assists, the demands put on him by Allardyce may be a little unfair, especially given his peers have largely been unable to reach those heights themselves.
Only two United players (Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford) scored a minimum of eight and assisted at least six last season.
In fairness, if you compare that to Manchester City, the champions could boast no fewer than seven players with those numbers. However, European champions Liverpool only have Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino as members of Allardyce’s unofficial ‘Better Than Lingard’ club.
So perhaps Lingard’s record allows him to be something of a scapegoat, with the team’s success not necessarily dependent on his individual input – although there’s hardly any getting away from the United man urgently needing to beef up those numbers sooner rather than later.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!