Speaking to Football Insider, pundit Paul Robinson has shared his Jesse Lingard belief amid yet more reports linking him with a return to West Ham United.
The Lowdown: West Ham still eyeing Lingard?
Despite the signing of Croatia international Nikola Vlasic, some reports have come out over the last month linking the Hammers with a possible return swoop.
Should West Ham re-sign Lingard?
100 per cent, bring him home
No, made his choice
Lingard is out of contract at the end of this season as talks remain ongoing over a possible Old Trafford extension, but as it stands, he could leave for free in 2022.
According to The Sun, United will consider a cut price £15 million offer for the forward if he continues to refuse new deal offers – coming after Football Insider claimed last month that West Ham are still interested.
Lingard himself admitted he needs to playing regularly to stand any chance of going to next year’s World Cup with England, with Robinson now reacting to this message and sharing his belief.
The Latest: Robinson shares Lingard belief…
Speaking to FI, the former Premier League goalkeeper insists a return to the London Stadium ‘could be on the cards’ next year.
“A return to West Ham could be on the cards judging by that,” explained Robinson when asked about Lingard’s admission.
“If Lingard wants any kind of international career he needs to be getting regular starts. I don’t think a bit-part role at Man United is going to be enough for him.
“He played well against Andorra. I’m a big fan of his. I really like the way he plays. He looks a completely different player since he’s come back from West Ham.
“The worry would be that he regresses again as his game time reduces. He is not getting the minutes that he wants.
“There will be a couple of exits from Man United in January. Lingard could well be one of them. I think there will be activity there.”
The Verdict: Get it done?
The 28-year-old’s spell on loan under David Moyes last season certainly seemed to be a game-changer for his career.
Even now, despite the lack of game time, Lingard has bagged a brilliant two league goals in just 45 minutes of Premier League action for the Red Devils this season and he may well need to get more of a look-in.
If West Ham do decide to take a punt in January, especially for a mooted £15m, it may well pay off – former Hammer Nigel Winterburn lauded him as ‘sensational’, and his displays on loan last term certainly back up that description.
In other news: West Ham plotting big money bid to sign 115-goal striker who Moyes personally wants, find out more here.
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