Why Tottenham must enter race for 24-year-old who fits Pochettino mould
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham should join the reported race for Manchester United’s versatile midfielder Jesse Lingard.
The Sun claim that Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle it out for the 24-year-old in the summer.
The report details that the two London clubs are prepared to move for the England international, whose contract is set to expire at the end of next season.
Spurs should weigh in with a move for Lingard and make him one of their priorities for the summer transfer window.
The midfielder usually operates from a wide position for United and has become an important first-team player since graduating from the club’s academy.
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He has shown huge potential during his time at Old Trafford and also earned senior caps for his country, but there is certainly a feeling there is more to come from him.
Lingard could do with a move to reignite his stuttering career and White Hart Lane would be the perfect place for him.
The Englishman is certainly of the Mauricio Pochettino mould and would fit in perfectly to the system of the Spurs manager.
Lingard’s strengths lie in his athleticism and work-rate, despite not being the most technically gifted player in the Premier League.
The midfielder has managed to become a regular feature under United manager Jose Mourinho, who demands huge efforts from his players.
Pochettino has put together a Spurs squad that has become incredibly strong through hard work and they often have the work-rate to overpower their opponents.
Lingard certainly matches that desire and it’s easy to imagine him slotting into one of the wide attacking positions, or even filling in as a wing-back if needed.
He has shown that he clearly has the talent to be a top-flight player and may even see a move to White Hart Lane as a step up in his career, with the north London club currently second in the table and performing greater than United in recent seasons.
Lingard’s career appears to have stagnated recently and Pochettino would be the perfect manager to get the best out of him.
The winger could also bring a great level of experience to the squad after proving himself in big matches.
He has managed to score in FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield finals for United and Spurs are desperate to add silverware to their impressive squad.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a BBC pundit believes they must agree a new deal for their defender.