West Ham coach Pearce thinks Jesse Lingard is too good to sit on the bench
Stuart Pearce says West Ham United target Jesse Lingard is too good to play a bit-part role.
The attacker was heavily linked with a move to the Hammers this summer. However, it was decided he would stay with Manchester United by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Comments from Pearce comes amid reports Lingard has rejected a new contract offer from the northwest giants.
Now, the West Ham coach has weighed in on the discussion about the 28-year-old.
Pearce claims the attacker is ‘too good’ to play a bit-part role at Old Trafford this season.
Lingard is likely to play a bench role this campaign after the Red Devils completed the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
His arrival, coupled with the form of Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, may see his minutes restricted.
When talking about Lingard, Pearce told talkSPORT: “He [Lingard] has missed the opportunity to leave United in this transfer window. He is too good a player to be sat on the outside of it not playing to be honest. He is at an age where he needs to be playing now.”
Pearce is right about Lingard
Pearce is correct, Lingard is way too good to be sitting on the bench for United rather than playing for West Ham.
The decision to stay in Manchester when there was an offer of regular starts is a strange decision.
You have to question Lingard.
Why would you turn down regular football to sit on the bench? But, on the other hand, maybe he thinks he can break into the United side.
In which case, it is an admirable decision from the attacker to remain at Old Trafford for this season.