Rio Ferdinand has insisted that West Ham midfielder Jesse Lingard is capable of playing for “any top team” in the Premier League.
Lingard went through the ranks of Manchester United and before breaking into their first team, he had impressive loans with Brighton and Derby County.
The Englishman made his debut for the Red Devils during the 2014/15 season before earning a regular spot on their first team in the season after.
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He was a regular member of their first team for five years between 2015 and 2020. During that time, he amassed over 200 appearances for his boys ’club.
Lingard helped United win the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao during two seasons between 2015 and 2017.
His form for Man United brought him a place on the England team. He played for them 24 times between 2015 and 2019. He also played a key role in the 2018 World Cup as Gareth Southgate’s team reached the semi-finals.
But he fell in a key lineup at United and failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League during the first half of the 2020/21 campaign.
This led to his magic loan to West Ham United during the winter window. He is back in shape for the Hammers.
Lingard has five goals and two assists from just seven Premier League games for them. That includes a lock in his debut against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Ferdinand said Fri. It’s clear on the YouTube channel how much talent Lingard has at his disposal amid the recall for England:
“I argued with students after students, on the air and off the air.
“He could have played in any top team because he is an intelligent footballer. It can play one touch or two touches.
“He is judged for his antics on social media. Some people rub it the wrong way, and they don’t like it because of it, and most of the younger generation likes it.
“But if you look at him as a cold footballer, anyone who knows football must surely see that a child has talent.”