Paul Simpson singles out Derby's Jesse Lingard for praise after impressive recent form

Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard has impressed while on loan at Derby County.

Derby County assistant manager Paul Simpson has told the club's official website that he doesn't believe Jesse Lingard has got as much attention as he deserves during his spell at the iPro Stadium.

Lingard joined Derby on loan from Manchester United in February and he has gone on to make 13 appearances for the club.

He has not stolen many headlines during his time with the Rams, but Simpson feels he deserves as much praise as the likes of Darren Bent and Tom Ince for his performances of late.

"Darren Bent and Tom Ince have grabbed the headlines and made a big contribution so far, but Jesse Lingard is starting to come more and more into the fore," he said.

“His performances have been good and he has got a few goals as well. You have to use the loan system well – there’s a chance it could go soon – so while it is here it is important to make the most of it.”

Bent and Ince have both scored frequently for Derby during their respective loan spells and that is the reason that they have attracted so many plaudits, but Lingard will be pleased to be making an impression.

The United youngster had looked to be on the verge of making the breakthrough at Old Trafford at the start of the season, before injury halted his progress, so he will be pleased to be getting back to his best.

It will be crucial for Derby that Lingard maintains his current form as well , as they are now heading into the most crucial part of their season.

The Rams look destined to finish in the Championship play-offs and will need every member of their team to by at their very best if they are to achieve promotion back to the Premier League.

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