England midfielder Jesse Lingard is finally beginning to receive the appreciation that he deserves, writes Adam Bate.
Following his strong performances at the World Cup, England midfielder Jesse Lingard is finally beginning to receive the appreciation that he deserves, writes Adam Bate.
When thinking of Jesse Lingard, it is an interview with Manchester United's long-serving youth coach Tony Whelan that comes to mind. Ostensibly speaking to him about Scott McTominay's emergence at Old Trafford, time and again Whelan's reference point was the man he describes as one of the best players he has had the privilege to coach.
"He had issues with his size," Whelan told Sky Sports. "But it goes to show that if you are patient and there is two-way trust, anything can be achieved. Some boys get written off because they have an injury or they are too small but what you can never account for us is a boy's spirit and what is in his heart. That is the great intangible."