Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard, with AS Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach also interested in signing him in the summer transfer window, according to The Times.
As per the outlet, Lingard is hoping that a good run of displays in the UEFA Europa League will help him secure a move away from Old Trafford.
With just one year left on his current £100,000-a-week deal, it looks likely that the 27-year-old will leave, as the Red Devils ponder as to whether to extend his contract by a further year.
Indeed, Lingard was limited to just 22 games in the 2019/20 Premier League season, as he never managed to complete a full 90 minutes (via Transfermarkt).
Therefore he may be looking for a move away from Old Trafford in order to try and get more regular first team football, However, based off of some of his statistics in the last campaign, perhaps the Magpies should drop their interest.
Lingard only managed to score one goal and provided no assists in the Premier League, which is a poor return for a forward player.
Comparing his stats to the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron in England’s top flight last term, the English international averaged the fewest dribbles and long balls, and arguably did not stand out in any key areas in general (per Whoscored).
Would Lingard improve Newcastle?
Lingard would probably not be an upgrade on the options already in Newcastle’s squad, so perhaps Steve Bruce should avoid trying to make a move for him in this window.
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