Michail Antonio insists he knows why Jesse Lingard snubbed a move to West Ham in favour of joining Nottingham Forest this summer.
The 29-year-old rejected the chance to return to the London Stadium, and instead chose to join Nottingham Forest on a one-year deal.
Lingard was a huge hit with West Ham during his loan spell in East London midway through the 2020/21 campaign. Jesse returned to Manchester United rather than stay with the Hammers in the summer of 2021, however, and the rest is history.
The 32-capped England international wasn’t given many opportunities of first-team football and left Old Trafford on a free transfer this summer. The real surprise came when he picked his next club. And Antonio thinks he knows exactly why Lingard went to Forest…
Michail Antonio delivers Jesse Lingard verdict
The West Ham ace has shared why he believes Jesse chose to move to the City Ground instead of the London Stadium this summer.
Antonio was speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast and highlighted how disappointed he was when Lingard rejected West Ham:
“I definitely was disappointed, I’m not going to lie, he was quality for us he was a massive player he helped push us, he was one of the reasons why we did finish in Europe and we were looking forward to him and he’s a player we need right now. It’s a great signing for Forest and I put it down to that he wanted to go somewhere he can just play week-in week-out because at West Ham there’s loads of competition.”
It is a huge shame that Jesse chose to join Forest instead of West Ham.
We have to say though, if Lingard did choose to join Forest in order to play regularly then fair play to him.
David Moyes has made some impressive signings since the 29-year-old knocked us back, and long may that continue.
Michail Antonio suggesting that Jesse Lingard went to Forest for more regular game-time is a fair point.
There are plenty of others who believe that the 29-year-old had different reasons, however…