Former Spurs striker thinks Man United midfielder should consider departure

Former Spurs striker Darren Bent thinks Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard should consider departing his boyhood club for the sake of his England career.

Lingard, 27, has spent his entire career with United where he rose through the club’s youth system before a string of successful loan spells at Derby County, Birmingham City, Brighton and Leicester City promoted his promotion to the club’s first-team in 2015.

The attacking midfielder has gone onto feature 208 times in all competitions for United’s first-team and has been directly involved in 55 goals in a spell which has seen him win three major trophies.

Lingard’s stand-out United moment came in the final of the 2016 FA Cup final after he scored a stunning winning goal against Crystal Palace.

Despite a largely successful time with United the Englishman’s future has been cast into doubt in recent times after leading journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that the midfielder could be on his way to Spurs if Dele Alli departs.

After Lingard started in United’s Carabao Cup Third Round tie against Luton Town last night and put in a very decent performance during his side’s 3-0 victory, former Spurs striker Bent thinks the United midfielder should consider moving on.

Speaking live on Sky Sports, as quoted by Manchester Evening News Bent said: “For me, I would love to see someone like Jesse go somewhere, play week-in, week-out.

“If it’s not going to be with United – I know it’ll be tough for him to leave – go to another club.

If it is Spurs, go and get regular game-time, and go and show everyone that you are still a good player and that you have still got a big future with England.

“If Jesse’s playing really, really well and is at the top of his game, there’s no reason why he can’t get back into the England squad.”

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