Tottenham Hotspur surely regret not having brought Jesse Lingard to North London in January…
What was the word?
After being linked with the 28-year-old this summer, Spurs appeared to rekindle their interest at the end of the year – according to talkSPORT they were among the teams lining up to loan him out.
“West Ham, Tottenham and Sheffield United have all expressed an interest,” Alex Crook said on the “White and Jordan” show.
Lingard would join David Moyes at the London Stadium and now the Lilywhites are paying the price.
Do you regret that Spurs haven’t signed Lingard now?
Not at all!
No one could have predicted it, but the Manchester United outcast has stepped out of the shadows to lead the Irons on their way to European qualification.
In Monday’s entertaining win over Wolves, Lingard scored his sixth goal in eight games, while he also provided four assists. That’s 1.25 goal contribution per release this quarter, via Transfermarkt.
He even returned to the England squad under Gareth Southgate after an 18-month absence – something Dele Alli will need to learn from. Lingard won his 27th selection in the victory against Poland.
It could have been very different if he had joined Spurs as they are too dependent on the exploits of Harry Kane, who directly contributed 62.7% of their Premier League goals.
And Heung-min Son’s recent form – just three goals scored since early January – is cause for concern. Not to mention their emptiness in the No.10 role since Christian Eriksen left, and no winger really stands out from Gareth Bale, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn.
Lingard could have played a big role under his former Red Devils boss.
It has left many Spurs fans feeling a sense of sheer regret, and in fact, many are less than impressed that he is tearing it apart for their local rivals.
Likewise, another member of the Hotspur faithful believe Kane would have already managed 20 assists for the season if they had had Lingard on the counterattack. Other screams included bringing him in replace Dele Alli in the summer, and that he was also better than Bruno Fernandes.
Well, Levy should be as gutted as those fans, as if Lingard were able to pull off a similar feat for Spurs then their offensive fortunes would be very different.
Lingard’s form has been so good that Gary Neville even suggested United might want him to return to Sky Sports this summer, also adding: “He does an incredible amount of running. That’s what he does. He is good out of possession and good in possession.
While club and international teammate Declan Rice believes he is “one of the best players in the league right now in terms of form.”
Spurs should definitely regret not signing Lingard now.
AND in other news Spurs are aiming for a £ 36million ‘goal threat’, that’s all Tanguy Ndombele should be …