The Daily Mail recently reported that Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is interested in a potential loan deal for Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard.
Lingard played under McClaren when he was on loan with Derby County last season and while it might not set pulses racing for some Newcastle fans, it makes a lot of sense and has a number of positives.
Lingard is a versatile attacking midfield player who can cover a number of different positions in behind a main striker.
He’ll give McClaren different options over the course of a long season and if he can be effective playing from different positions, he’s got every chance of being consistent and becoming a reliable player.
It’s significant that the pair have a very recent past relationship, which is important because McClaren will have an idea over how hard and where he can push Lingard to get more out of him.
He’d also link up with Newcastle with a point to prove because of the way his immediate future has panned out with Manchester United.
The Old Trafford club are not short on central midfield options, which is unfortunate because it’s pushed him down the pecking order.
McClaren should recognise that Lingard has a point to prove and if he can use that to motivate the player to perform positively on a Premier League platform, it will benefit the Magpies in the best possible way.
Newcastle will likely be linked with more loan deals over the next couple of months, with the transfer window in July and the new campaign approaching in August.
However, there may not be too many that tick as many boxes and if McClaren can work out a deal with United, he can challenge Lingard to fight his way into the Newcastle first team with the aim of staying there throughout the, hopefully successful, campaign.