Dismal Jesse Lingard latest is the clearest sign yet he must now leave Manchester United to rejoin West Ham before it’s too late.
Today marks the start of a new year and for Lingard it should be the end of an era.
One year ago he was gearing up to make an unforgettable move to West Ham which reignited his flagging career and thrust the midfielder back into the spotlight and the England squad.
It was seen as a foregone conclusion that Lingard would make his loan move to West Ham permanent in the summer.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selfishly made Lingard promises about game time he could and would not keep and the player was suckered back into his comfort zone.
West Ham have missed him. They may be fifth in the table and in the last 16 of the Europa League, but the times they have struggled Lingard’s absence has really been felt.
The latest Lingard West Ham rumours indicate the 29-year-old will not be coming back to the London Stadium in January despite not being in Ralf Rangnick’s plans.
Dismal Jesse Lingard latest is the clearest sign yet he must rejoin West Ham
But a dismal Lingard fact should crystallise his thinking as we enter a new year.
Because Lingard ended 2021 without a single Premier League start for Man United.
He was with the Red Devils for much of January last year and for the first half of the current campaign.
But despite all the promises and delusions, the Hammers fan favourite was not deemed good enough to start a single game for Man United under two different managers.
To put that dismal fact into perspective, how bad have Man United been in that time?And Lingard has not had a look-in.
It is surely the clearest sign yet he has to leave and rejoin West Ham this month.
Signing for a new club in the summer will give him just three months to prove himself to Gareth Southgate before the winter World Cup in Qatar.
If he joins West Ham now then he has plenty of time to do that and the perfect environment to showcase his undoubted talent once again.
Come on Jesse do the right thing. You only get one career. Get out of your comfort zone.
David Moyes loves Lingard and would take him back at the drop of a hat. For now. But in football, like in life, timing is everything.