The Lowdown: Lingard links emerge…
News has emerged recently of Tottenham’s new boss eyeing the 28-year-old after he enjoyed a impressive stint on loan at West Ham United last season.
Football Insider claimed that Nuno personally wants the Englishman as one of two Manchester United stars in a £100 million cash-plus-players deal for Spurs superstar Harry Kane.
Indeed, a Lilywhites source has apparently told FI that Spurs’ new manager has asked for Lingard as one of two Red Devils’ first teamers if a deal is to be struck.
The Latest: Mills reacts as Nuno eyes Lingard for Spurs…
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills has waxed lyrical over the attacking midfield player – calling him ‘sensational’ and a ‘fabulous player’.
However, the only question on the pundit’s lips is how he could fit into Nuno’s system at Spurs – especially considering the talent in those forward positions with Son Heung-min, Tanguy Ndombele and Lucas Moura.
“You’ve got [Tanguy] Ndombele, [Heung-min] Son, Lucas Moura and [Steven] Bergwin all in those forward positions. They’re quite heavily loaded in those positions already,” Mills explained to FI.
“Do they really need another play in that position? I guess it depends on how Nuno wants to play and how he would fit into that system.
“He’s a fabulous player, we know that. What he showed last season at West Ham was sensational. It doesn’t surprise me that teams are entering the race for him.
“It’s just about what team is best for him and what system is best for him.”
The Verdict: Good call?
In terms of attacking midfield talent, there were few in the Premier League who could match Lingard’s electric end to 2020/2021.
As per WhoScored, the Manchester United ace bagged nine goals and four assists in 16 English top flight starts under Irons boss David Moyes on loan – all while averaging an impressive 2.6 shots per 90.
For context, only Kane managed more in a Tottenham shirt (3.9), but we believe landing Lingard as part of a £100m-plus-makeweights deal to sell their talisman could come as a bit of a gamble.
He enjoyed a fine end to last season and re-established himself as a player to watch, yet Lingard is approaching the latter phase of his career and could reportedly command a £100,000-per-week salary to leave Old Trafford (The Daily Mail).
Tottenham arguably have bigger priorities this summer like the acquisition of a world class centre-half.
In other news: Spurs chiefs perform Harry Kane U-turn as behind-scenes developments emerge, find out more here.
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