Leicester City is reportedly keen on signing Jesse Lingard this season. The 28-year-old could be on his way out of Manchester United this season. Last season Jesse Lingard ended the season on a high note with a successful loan to West Ham. Due to which the club qualified for the UEFA Europa League this season.
Jesse Lingard started in 16 matches playing an average of 89 minutes in each one of them. According to his average position heat map, the player likes to drift wide to the left side of the pitch, hinting at liking to play in a free-roam role. His strength is his willingness to dribble with the ball and pass it around with an accuracy of 84%. Last season Jesse scored 9 goals and assisted 4 in the league. Shooting 1.4 shots on target per 90 while having a 21% goal conversion rate.
Jesse Lingard is a part of the Manchester United academy since being a child. Having been a part of the club since 2008. He went on his first loan deal to Leicester in 2012 playing a total of 81 minutes. He went to Birmingham for a season after that loan deal, scoring 6 goals and assisting 3 goals. After that, he then went on a loan to Brighton the same season scoring 3 and assisting 2 goals. In 2014 he went on a loan to Derby County where he scored 2 goals. After this season he was a regular in the Manchester United squad playing 133 games for the club. He scored a total of 18 goals and assisting 9 goals while playing the Central-attacking-Midfielder position for most of his career.
Why are Leicester so keen on signing Jesse Lingard to their club?
Jesse Lingard is currently valued at £19.80m by Transfermarkt. For many a player with his eye for goal would be a steal. With Manchester United putting their hopes in Bruno Fernandes to play the CAM role, Jesse Lingard would be a substitute player for the club. If he wishes to play first-team football, he will need to leave the club on a loan or a transfer. Currently, Leicester City only has a natural number 10 in their club, which is James Maddison. This lack of depth had caused an issue when he was injured resulting in the club losing more games than win. Towards the end of the season. Jesse Lingard could be the player they need as a rotation or even for the Europa League as the player has the experience to play in the top tournament.
If James Maddison was to leave for Arsenal as reported, Jesse Lingard could be the make-shift replacement for him. With this, the club can even challenge for the top 4 and European spots in the league.