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Jesse Lingard : The Eternal Wonderkid

Jesse Lingard's Manchester United Future

Jesse Lingard, our No.14, has not had a great season by any means. Continuing his drought in goal involvement, Lingard has had a below average 19/20 season. Today on Tactical Masterclass, we cover the ever young, Jesse Lingard.

Club Career

Initial years

Lingard started his career at Penketh United and moved on to Manchester United academy in 2000. After playing through the youth teams for several years from 2000-2011, Lingard signed a professional contract with United in 2011.

Some of his U-23 and U-18 stats are as follows :

  • Appearances : 61
  • Goals : 18
  • Assists : 20

First Teams

Lingard was just given couple of chances in his first season in the senior level. He couldn’t make his debut for United that season and was loaned to Leicester City the next season. The midfielder made 5 appearances for Leicester that season, but failed to score any goals or provide any assists.

Loan to Birmingham City

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Jesse Lingard at Birmingham City

The 2013-14 season saw Lingard top scoring for United in the pre-season tour with 4 goals from 4 matches. However, he joined Birmingham City on a month’s loan on September 2013. Lingard made many first team appearances for Birmingham during his time there. His first match for the club saw him score 4 goals in a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Lingard was part of Birmingham City till 1st January 2014. In his 13 appearances for the club, he scored 6 goals and made 3 assists.

Loan to Brighton and Hove Albion

The remainder of the 13/14 season saw Jesse Lingard being loaned to Championship Club, Brighton and Hove Albion. During his time at Brighton, Lingard managed to score 4 goals and 4 assists in 17 appearances for the club. Of which, his first goal came in a 4-1 win over former club, Leicester City.

Loan to Derby County

Lingard started the 14/15 season by coming of the bench and scoring a goal in United’s 3-1 International Champions Cup final win over Liverpool. And he made his professional debut for the club in the first match of the 14/15 Premier League.

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Lingard after scoring a goal for Derby County

After playing the first half of the season for United, Lingard joined Championship Club, Derby County on loan till the end of the season. The midfielder made his debut for the club against Reading in the FA Cup. He managed to make 15 appearances for the club that season, scoring and assisting 2 goals each.

Later Seasons

The seasons afterwards saw Lingard play in the senior team for Manchester United. He scored his first senior goal for the club against West Bromwich Albion in a 2-0 win at Old Trafford. One of Lingard’s most memorable goals came in the 2016 FA Cup final against Crystal Palace. Where he came on a substitute to score the winner. The 15/16 season saw Lingard score 6 goals and provide 4 assists across all competitions.

After a successful 16/17 season, Lingard signed a new 4-year contract with the club, with the option of extending it further by 1 year. Lingard scored 5 goals and provided 3 assists that season for the club.

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Lingard celebrates after scoring a goal

The 17/18 season saw Jesse Lingard finish as one of the top scorers for the club that season. Lingard managed to score 8 goals and provide 6 assists in the Premier League alone that season. Taking his overall stats for the season to 13 goals and 7 assists.

Lingard had a good 18/19 season under new interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring 5 and assisting 4 across all competitions.

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Current Season

The 19/20 season saw a major drop in Lingard’s numbers. After 20 appearances in the league this season, the midfielder has not managed to score nor assist even once. Due to lack of performances, Lingard saw lots of criticism pouring towards him. Even through this rough patch, the manager showed support to his player by giving him chances to prove. But with under par performances, Ole was forced to drop Lingard from the first team. Lingard managed to score and assist only twice across all competitions this season.

Style of Play

Positives

Lingard has the natural ability to go past defenders. He has great pace, and can dribble past the defenders. Playing mostly behind the striker, Lingard also has the ability to be at the right place at the right time. That is something he has been missing currently.

Lingard is very good at holding on to the ball. He loves to hold the ball and play short passes. Lingard can receive long balls from the defence and can lay it off for the strikers to finish.

Negatives

With his short stature, Lingard is weak in contesting to aerial duals and thus is poor at defending set pieces. Something else Lingard needs to work on is his crossing. One of the main reasons for him not being very successful in the wings is due to his poor crossing ability. Lingard has been providing crosses at the rate of 0.1 crosses per game this season. He also tends to give away silly fouls through which the opponents could get themselves back in the game.

Playing Position

Lingard is generally an attacking midfielder. Though he can also play in the wings. He has played most of his matches in the attacking midfield position throughout his career.

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Captain Lingard with Chong after goal against Astana

In this position, he tends to be a support to the striker by providing the key passes or can take the strikers position and play as an extra striker. While in his best, he can be a very good attacking midfielder. One such example is his 17/18 season where he scored 13 goals from attacking midfield position.

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Some of Lingard’s stats(per game) this season in the attacking midfield position are :

  • Passes : 23.2
  • Key Passes : 0.9
  • Pass Percentage : 87.7%
  • Shots : 1.3

Lingard’s Achievements

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Lingard and Rashford with UEFA Europa League trophy

Some of Lingard’s achievements for Manchester United are :

  • FA Youth Cup : 2010-11
  • FA Cup : 2015-16
  • EFL Cup : 2016-17
  • FA Community Shield : 2016
  • UEFA Europa League : 2016-17

We all have seen how good Lingard can be in his prime. Currently, he seems to be going through a hard time in his career. Hopefully we can get our Eternal Wonderkid back and scoring goals for the team soon.

Do you wish to give more time for Lingard? Which position would he play in your team? Do let us know your thoughts.

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