Steve McClaren gives three reasons Jesse Lingard will excel at the club

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has cited several strengths of Jesse Lingaard's performances.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has cited three reasons to the Derby Telegraph over why Jesse Lingard will be a real asset for the club over the rest of the season.

The Rams did great work during the January transfer window to bring in Darren Bent, Tom Ince and Lingard on loan deals, which improve his options in key positions.

“He is going to be a real asset for us and that is important. You see his threat, his pace and intelligence,” he said.

“We have some good players now and a good squad.”

Lingard will have the added motivation of trying to make a point to the club that owns him, Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal has given several youngsters a chance in his first team and Lingard would suggest that he deserves a chance with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera struggling to make the number ten role their own.

If McClaren can funnel that energy and creativity towards his club’s promotion campaign then Derby will be in great shape by the end of the season.

It will be frustrating for him to have only featured in two Derby games, but he’s doing his chances of more regular game time no harm at all.

It’s been difficult because of the form Ince has shown since he signed on loan from Hull City, but McClaren seems to be a firm believer in the qualities he possesses.

It’s now down to him to grasp any opportunity he gets with both hands.

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