Steve McClaren is lining up the loan signing of Jesse Lingard as part of his rebuilding job at Newcastle, according to widespread newspaper reports this morning, including the Mail and the Telegraph.
The Manchester United attacking midfielder turns 23 in December and has already been out on loan at four different Championship clubs, with the story being that now they want him to have experience at a higher level.
The last of those four loan clubs was Derby County and Jesse Lingard was actually one of eight different loan players that Steve McClaren brought in to play for the Rams last season.
One of those, Tom Ince, has already been linked with a move to Newcastle this summer after showing great form for Derby, scoring 11 in 18 Championship matches last season under McClaren.
Despite only being given one Premier League start by Manchester United, you assume they must have some belief in Jesse Lingard as they gave him a new contract in February.
However, the fact he only made 6 starts under McClaren with a further 8 from the bench in his four months at Derby, doesn’t suggest he was tearing up that division.
Amongst the other players Steve McClaren took on loan last season were Liverpool’s Jordan Ibe, Newcastle old boy Leon Best from Blackburn and Villa’s Darren Bent, though thankfully the last named has now signed permanently for Derby so we’re safe from him.
Jesse Lingard is part of the England Under 21 squad that takes part in the European Championship Finals which begin tomorrow, so we may get a chance to see what he’s like, regardless of whether Steve McClaren signs him up or not.
One thing Steve McClaren may give us that has been missing, is maybe a bit of goodwill from other clubs thanks to his past connections via England and club football. The range and profile of his loan signings suggest decent clubs were happy to do business with him.
However, purely on the subject of a potential short-term deal for Jesse Lingard, maybe not the ideal message to send out for this brave new world at Newcastle under Ashley and McClaren, if the first transfer proves to be a loan signing.