Paul Merson has urged Jesse Lingard to make his move from Manchester United to West Ham permanent.
Lingard left Old Trafford for the London Stadium on loan in the January transfer window. The switch was designed to help him get back to enjoying his football after failing to make a single Premier League appearance for the Red Devils this season.
It seems to be having the desired effect early on. Lingard scored a brace on his West Ham debut in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
If the midfielder continues that form for the remainder of the campaign, it will lead to questions of a permanent move.
And pundit Merson has told the Daily Star that Lingard should make the move – and that other clubs will be “kicking themselves” that they missed out on him.
“Jesse Lingard has no future at Manchester United and should leave Old Trafford permanently,” Merson said.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said all the right things about wanting to build up his confidence on loan at West Ham so they can welcome him back.
“But he was just trying to build up Lingard’s transfer fee. I think he should move on. United are playing all these games and he’s not had a look-in.
“He’s not 21 any more. It’s not like the Arsenal kids going out on loan to get experience.”
Merson outlines what Lingard brings
Even though Merson believes Lingard had a hint of fortune with his two goals against Villa, he thinks he deserved them. Furthermore, he backed the England international to fit in well at West Ham due to his qualities.
The pundit continued: “He was a great signing for West Ham. He brings them guile and pace – and he scored twice on his debut.
“To be honest I expect the keeper to save both of those shots, but I’m pleased for him. He’s been through a lot.
“He’s not played for a long time. But I can remember when he was in the first team every week and playing for England.
“There will be a few teams kicking themselves they didn’t get him. But he suits West Ham. They should try and sign him in the summer.”