West Ham United star Jesse Lingard would be better suited joining Tottenham Hotspur than Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal during the summer transfer window, former Spurs ace Jamie O’Hara has told talkSPORT (12 April, 9.50am).
Rejuvenated, reborn and revitalised. Who among us honestly expected Lingard to become the most influential attacker in the whole of the Premier League just three months after leaving Manchester United for a loan spell at the London Stadium?
Put your hands down, we don’t believe you!
In just nine games, the England international has produced a staggering eight goals and four assists, following up fine displays against Aston Villa, Tottenham and Wolves with a match-winning brace against West Ham’s top-four rivals Leicester City on Sunday.
With the summer transfer window just weeks away, however, Lingard’s future is more uncertain than ever.
The Sun reports Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would love to work with the Man United loanee at the Emirates.
EuroSport, meanwhile, believes a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Spurs may also be on the cards. The much-maligned Portuguese manager described Lingard as “amazing” during their time together at Old Trafford.
“I personally don’t see any point leaving West Ham for Arsenal,” O’Hara says.
“I just don’t see Arsenal pulling up any trees over the next few seasons and I can’t see them going out and spending big money.
“He should go to Tottenham. We’re miles above Arsenal. Arsenal are average, so average, and we’re on a rebuild. Sign for Spurs.”
O’Hara does admit, however, that £40 million-rated Lingard may be better suited staying put, committing his long-term future to a club where he would be more Sam Rockwell in Moon rather than Sam Rockwell in Frost/Nixon – the leading man rather than a talented member of an all-star cast.
“It fits to go to West Ham. They’re a big club and they are ambitious. So they have to convince him to stay there.”