Transfer News: Ex-Manchester United star Jesse Lingard inks 2-year, £17,500-per-week contract with FC Seoul

Jesse Lingard was once considered one of the hottest talents in the Premier League when he first burst onto the scene. He was quick, good with the ball and full of energy. However, as fast as he rose to fame, he disappeared in a similar manner before a brief spell at West Ham, where he displayed a glimpse of his true potential.

Recently, Lingard announced that he was starting a new chapter in his career as he signed for a new club.

Jesse Lingard signs with FC Seoul

Former Manchester United attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard has inked a deal with South Korean club FC Seoul.

Speaking about his transfer, which seems quite random, Jesse Lingard said in a press conference, “Other clubs only made verbal offers. FC Seoul sent a written offer. Club officials showed their sincerity by coming to Manchester to check on my physical condition. At that time, I decided to sign with FC Seoul,” Lingard said in a press conference. I’ve always wanted different challenges and to create new memories in my career, and I believe being in South Korea is the perfect place for that.”

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard signs for Korean club Seoul FC (via Sports Star).

Lingard was previously without a club for over a year, as his previous club Nottingham Forest let him go following a string of poor performances, following which he made quite the headlines for firing his agents over a lack of finding interested clubs for him.

Jesse Lingard’s performances in PL throughout the years

When he first broke out into United’s first team under Dutch manager Louis van Gaal in 2015 after being with the club for over 4 years, he became a regular until 2019. He scored his first senior goal for Manchester United in a 2–0 win against West Brom Albion at Old Trafford. He found relative success under managers van Gaal and Mourinho.

However, his work ethic came into question under the management of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and he was reduced to being a benchwarmer before being sent to West Ham on a loan, and he was successful there. Lingard rejuvenated himself during his loan spell, contributing nine goals and five assists in 16 appearances under West Ham.

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard at West Ham (via GOAL).

The following season, he stayed with United and was let go following the expiration of his contract, where he scored 35 goals in 232 appearances across all competitions.

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard in his final season with United (via The Independent).

From there, he joined Nottingham Forest on a two-year contract and became their highest-paid player, but having managed zero goal contributions in 17 league appearances, he was let go by the club.

He was without a club for over a year and trained in Saudi Arabia under Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq, a club that he was supposed to join, but that move failed as well.

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