Former Premier League footballer Danny Murphy believes that Jesse Lingard would pass up the chance to move to Leicester City.
Would Jesse Lingard get into the Leicester side?
The Daily Mirror suggested at the weekend that the Red Devils were preparing to offer the midfielder to the Foxes as a makeweight in a cut-price deal for James Maddison, who is believed to be on United’s January wish list.
He said: “I think what Lingard’s achieved in the last few years – although this season’s been poor – playing for Manchester United and England consistently, I think he’ll probably see himself at a bigger club than Leicester.
“I’m trying to put myself in his shoes – I think he’ll think he’s better than Leicester.”
Given Lingard’s poor form, which has seen him score just once in 27 appearances this season, it is difficult to see how he would potentially see moving to high-flying Leicester as a backwards step.
As it stands, that would arguably be Lingard’s best chance of playing Champions League football next year – while a January move could enhance his claim for a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans with the midfielder absent from international duty since June and having started just nine times in the Premier League this season.
Whether Leicester would approve such a deal is something else altogether, and Brendan Rodgers has hinted that there will be no major outgoings this winter – so it looks as if Lingard will not have a decision to make.
Though if Murphy is correct about his viewpoint on a Leicester switch, it could seem as if Lingard is not seeing the bigger picture, as for all he has achieved at Manchester United, he is hardly at the top of his game judging by his inconsistent role and current lack of regular action.
Therefore, while it appears unlikely, Lingard’s career may profit from a United exit in the near future – wherever that may be to.
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