Former Newcastle United and Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate, has made his thoughts clear regarding Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard.
Newcastle were heavily linked with the attacking midfielder in January, but couldn’t agree a fee for the supposed loan move which was on the cards.
The 29-year-old has featured in the Premier League on 16 occasions this season, topping up a total of 355 minutes on the pitch. Averaging 22 minutes of game time each time he plays.
Woodgate answered with this when asked if Newcastle could qualify for Europe next season: “It depends who they sign, and they made some really astute signings in January. They’ll do it again, and it’s just about who they’ll attract and if they can get that world class talent. People like Jesse Lingard, who are really good, solid Premier League players. I think Newcastle need to aim to get into Europe like West Ham did.
“You can’t tell me that Newcastle can’t be better than Wolves next season? Wolves have done well but Newcastle will be aiming for them. Eddie Howe has done a terrific job, and loved what he did at Bournemouth and how he made them play, and he’s brought some of that to Newcastle.”
Should Eddie Howe and United sign Lingard? Loan? Permanent?