Rio Ferdinand said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE what fellow pundits have been telling him about Manchester United-owned West Ham United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard.
The former United and West Ham United defender, who now works as a pundit for BT Sports, has raved about Lingard, who joined the Hammers on loan from the Red Devils in the January transfer window.
Ferdinand has said that he always thought that the 28-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, is good enough to play for United, but he has suggested that it would be better for him if he leaves Old Trafford on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
The Englishman has added what West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has told him about the 28-year-old.
Ferdinand said on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE: “A few of my pundit mates off-camera have said that he is not Manchester United. I have always maintained Jesse Lingard is a Manchester United player. He is a top-level footballer.”
The former England international central defender added: “He’s fitted in straight away and I can’t see him wanting to go back to Manchester United where he has to play second fiddle to people.
“I would move. I would go on. Where we stand right now, I think there’s multiple clubs bidding for Jesse Lingard and he’s going to have a choice of many clubs to go to, other than just West Ham.
“I spoke to Mark Noble the other day, and he said: ‘I can’t believe Rio how good and impressed I am by this kid, the way he plays. I knew he was a good player, don’t get me wrong. But he’s surprised me with how good he is, actually’.”
Flourishing at West Ham United
Lingard could not make a single appearance in the Premier League for United this season before his loan move to West Ham, but the attacker has already made a huge impact at London Stadium.
According to WhoScored, the 28-year-old has scored three goals in four Premier League games for the Hammers.
The attacking midfielder is flourishing at West Ham under manager David Moyes and looks set to play a big role in the Hammers’ quest to finish in the top four of the Premier League table this season.