Former West Ham star Trevor Sinclair has questioned whether Jesse Lingard’s imminent loan move to the London Stadium is a good idea.
The Hammers completed the permanent signing of Said Benrahma from Brentford on Friday. That has freed up a loan spot in the squad and Lingard is set to join from Manchester United.
It is now just a matter of time before the 28-year-old arrives until the end of the season.
Lingard has made 133 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils. But he has been frozen out this term is yet to appear in the league.
Capped 24 times by England, the Warrington-born ace has three cup appearances in 2020-2021. But West Ham boss David Moyes seems desperate to get him on board for the rest of the campaign.
Sinclair, who scored 38 goals from 208 outings for the Hammers, is not so sure. The 47-year-old feels he may spend much of his time warming the bench.
He told talkSPORT: “Is he good enough to get in that midfield three? “Is he good enough to replace Antonio if Antonio needs a rest or gets injured? I don’t see it. I’m not sure.
“Why would he go to be a squad player at West Ham when he’s a squad player at Manchester United?”
And the former England star believes the club have a history of bringing people to the club on reputation alone.
“So for me this comes across as a bit of a Manuel Pellegrini [move], a bit of stardust behind it, he won the Premier League with Manchester City,” he added. “Was he a good fit for the club? No, he wasn’t.”
United still have Lingard hopes
Lingard’s fall from grace at Old Trafford has been dramatic. From 22 appearances last term, he has been redundant in 2020-21. United chiefs are refusing to give up on the forward.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed others have been picked ahead of him on merit. But he has every chance of forcing his way back in if the next four months go well.
“We want Jesse to come back here revitalised,” said the Norwegian. “We’ve had little to no injuries and he’s not forced his way into the team, unfortunately.
“I just want him to go there and enjoy himself, show how good a player he is and come back. He is a Manchester United player through and through.”
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