The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with the performances of Jesse Lingard so far this season, and they are hoping that he can continue his fine form during the final weeks of the campaign.
Jesse Lingard has struggled to hit the ground running during his career with the Red Devils so far, but he has turned a huge corner in his development this season. The attacking midfielder has hit a purple patch by scoring 13 goals and providing 7 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions – his best ever return during a single campaign.
The stats clearly indicate that Lingard’s end product has significantly improved this season, but his overall contribution and exemplary work rate have also impressed the Red Devils faithful propping up our bar. And according to The Sun, Lingard is set to be rewarded for his fine form this season with a contract extension during the summer worth a whopping £100,000 per week.
There is no doubt that Lingard deserves a pay rise following his best season for the club, but there are more urgent matters for the club to pursue before offering him a new deal, such as securing the future of Anthony Martial (valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt). The French international’s future has been called into question of late in the British media due to his lack of first-team football in recent weeks and, considering his contract is due to expire in the summer of 2019, it’s likely that rival clubs will be putting offers for his services on the table this summer.
Lingard’s current deal runs out in 2021, so there is no rush for United to secure a new deal just yet, whereas time is running out to convince Martial to remain at Old Trafford. Although there’s no doubt that Martial’s form has lacked consistency throughout the entirety of his career with United so far, the enormity of his potential is something which they cannot afford to let slip through the net this summer.
Jose Mourinho has a huge task ahead in trying to bridge the gulf in class between his side and Manchester City next season, and if he is to achieve that aim then he will need his top players, such as Martial, to remain at the club. Extending Lingard’s current deal and rewarding him for his fine form should certainly be on United’s agenda this summer, but they should avoid delving into negotiations with Lingard before Martial’s future has been secured.
Manchester United fans – thoughts? Let us know below!