Jesse Lingard was phenomenal in England’s convincing 4-0 win over Andorra in the international break. He was instrumental in each half, scoring twice as well as providing the assist to Bukayo Saka’s late goal.
However, despite such a display, he is unlikely to get a start against Newcastle United on Saturday in a team that now has Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho vying for crucial forward roles.
This has pretty much been the saga for much of Lingard’s recent future, with last season’s loan spell truly illustrating what he is capable of. However, no side was able to match United’s high valuation of his transfer fee and therefore he remained unsold this campaign.
Apart from that, it is now understood that the Old Trafford side are keen on offering their academy product a new contract but as per ESPN, Lingard has outright rejected the latest attempt to do so.
It appears that the English forward is keen on stamping his place in Gareth Southgate’s national side. In particular, Lingard wants to play a vital role in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
As such, the 28-year-old will reportedly wait and see what sort of gametime he is able to muster at the Theatre of Dreams this campaign. In particular, Lingard is believed to be keen on playing regularly.
Given this purported situation, Lingard would be free to exit his boyhood club next summer with the option to negotiate with other sides open to him from January itself.
This rejection is certainly a strong indication of his priorities and firmly puts the ball in the court of the management at Old Trafford.
While the extra element he brings to games cannot be denied, one does struggle to figure out just how the once-promising starlet could be a regular in the present roster.