What Next for Warrington’s Jesse Lingard?


As a town known for its rugby league, it’s no surprise that Warrington isn’t widely recognized as a hotbed of top football talent. However, it has produced a handful of elite players over the years.

The most successful of all was Glazebury-born Roger Hunt who remains Liverpool football club’s record league goal scorer with 244 strikes from 404 appearances. The forward won two league titles, one FA Cup and was a World Cup winner with England in 1966. More recently, centre-back James Chester has enjoyed a successful career playing for the likes of Hull City, West Bromwich Albion, and Aston Villa, featuring in three Premier League campaigns.

But the biggest Warrington-born football star currently active is Jesse Lingard. Anyone betting on football recently may have seen odds available on where Lingard will be playing after the summer transfer window. A quick look at the prices suggests that his most likely destination will be West Ham United, with prices of 7/4 quoted. The midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at the London Stadium last year. However, several Italian clubs have also been linked.

End of an era

So, it’s all a little mysterious and up in the air at the moment, and fans can’t wait to see where the star player will end up. But the clues are there, you can keep up with the latest football betting tips today for further clues as to where he might end up, for example. You can also check additional, reliable sources to see things from different perspectives. For example, plenty of sources have suggested that Italy will be Lingard’s next destination. With his 22-year spell at Manchester United is set to come to an end, some Premier League stars have fared well on the peninsula in recent years including Fikayo Tomori at AC Milan, and Tammy Abraham and Chris Smalling at AS Roma. AC Milan and Juventus have both been linked with Lingard in recent weeks.

Newcastle United are also in the frame following a failed attempt to take him home on loan in January, while La Liga club Sevilla are priced at 13/2 to land his signature – although they may not be willing to meet his wage demands. Lingard will form part of an exodus of players out of Old Trafford this summer, which also includes Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic. The clear-out coincides with the arrival of new coach Erik Ten Hag.

Unhappy ending

Lingard made 232 appearances for the club in all competitions. His best spell came back in 2017/18 when he scored 13 goals at club level and became a regular for the England national team, netting four goals in 14 appearances in 2018. However, he was loaned out five times by various managers during his time at Old Trafford. His miserable final season ended with a snub in the final home game as coach Ralf Rangnick denied him a farewell appearance from the bench. Instead, the German introduced Edison Cavani who is also out of contract on June 30.

Fresh start

A move to Italy could be the perfect fit for the 29-year-old. Serie A has been a happy hunting ground for many players over the age of thirty and Lingard could find a new lease of life away from the Premier League. The chance to join England teammate Fikayo Tomori in the red and black of Milan could prove too hard to resist. He is currently priced at 2/1 to sign for any Italian club, so it seems pretty likely he’s headed for sunnier climes in the near future.


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