Aston Villa may be considering a move for Jesse Lingard this summer as a replacement for Ross Barkley.
That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential move for the Manchester United attacker.
Lingard has excelled since moving to West Ham on loan in January, with nine goals and four assists in 11 appearances to date.
Football Insider revealed last week that Villa have joined the race to sign the England international who is held in high regard by the club’s coaches.
A move for Lingard would likely see Dean Smith’s side turn down the opportunity to sign Ross Barkley permanently at the end of the season, with the pair both preferably operating in a central attacking midfield role.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Barkley’s time at Villa Park, Robinson said: “I think he has underachieved at Villa after a promising start.
“I was really pleased for him when he went there and it showed a lot of ambition on his part with the Euros coming up. He wasn’t happy just sat at Chelsea and not playing.
“He wanted to progress his career and play football but let’s be honest, he has not pulled up any trees. It has not really worked out.
“That might be why they’re considering Lingard.”
Football Insider revealed last month that Villa chief executive Christian Purslow is the driving force behind a possible permanent move for £35million-valued Barkley, 27, this summer.
However, Dean Smith is yet to be convinced by the attacking midfielder who has started just one of Villa’s last nine Premier League fixtures.