Jesse Lingard has left Nottingham Forest.
After his contract with Manchester United expired at the end of last season, Lindegaard became a free agent. West Ham United, who had fond memories of his loan spell at the club, and Tottenham Hotspur, who were looking for an attacking midfielder, were rumored to be his next destinations, but against all odds, Lingard headed to promoted Nottingham. Nottingham promised Lingard a weekly wage of £150,000 and the best treatment in the team. The contract was for one year.
But Lingard underperformed. Lingard had a few flashes of brilliance, but for the season as a whole, he only made 20 appearances in the league. He also racked up attacking points in the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup), but was silent in the league.
Eventually, Lingard was released. Nottingham terminated Lingard’s contract, along with Andre Ayew and Jack Colback. Lingard’s contract had a 1+1, or one-year extension option, but Nottingham didn’t trigger it, opting instead to part ways with him, likely due to underperformance relative to his high weekly wages.
A twist of fate. Lingard, who came through 스포츠토토 the United youth ranks, had developed into a second-choice option for United. There were seasons when he performed as well as expected. But as time went on, he struggled to compete for a starting spot at United, and his loan to West Ham was his breakthrough. The West Ham loan turned out to be the best move. Lingard’s resurgence at the Hammers saw him return to his best in his late 20s.
Still, there was no place for him at Man United. He left the club of more than a decade with tears in his eyes and a new challenge at a promoted club with an uncertain future. He arrived at Nottingham with the best treatment in the club, but the fans no longer saw the West Ham player. He parted ways with Nottingham after just one year. His soccer career has been a series of ups and downs.
The future is unknown. There’s no word yet on whether Lingard has been in contact with any teams. The UK’s Daily Mail is cautiously predicting his future, saying that “he is expected to stay away from the English Premier League (EPL) for a while.” With the summer transfer window just around the corner, Lingard could be looking for a new team.