Birmingham manager Lee Clark has reiterated his desire to extend Jesse Lingard‘s loan deal from Manchester United.
The 20-year-old joined Birmingham on a one month loan that expires on 20 October but Clark has said that they want to hold on to Lingard for as long as possible.
After an incredible four goal haul on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday, it is clear that Birmingham need someone of his talent in their forward line and that United should be happy to see Lingard enjoy more experience of first team football.
However, they have added a clause preventing Lingard from playing in the Capital One Cup so that he is eligible in the later rounds for United, something which Clark will respect in order to hold on to Lingard.
“What we have got to try and do is continue to win games and for Jesse to enjoy his football to make the stay longer,” Clark told the Birmingham Mail.
“That’s what we aim to do because, you know, we certainly don’t want him here just for the short term. We want him here for as long as possible, the month will be up quite quickly.”
“And, more importantly, Manchester United need to see that he is developing as a player and is enjoying the environment where he is playing.”
After a great start, Clark said he is confident that Lingard will continue and build on a fine debut and would want to extend his loan up for as long as possible.
Clark also revealed how he sent a text to David Moyes after Jesse Lingard‘s debut and that David Moyes had said he was “delighted for the lad”.
He continued: “When I was a young lad, an apprentice in the early days at Newcastle United, I remember Micky Quinn coming and on his league debut at St James’ against Leeds United he scored four goals.
“But I have not known anything like that before, not being involved directly.
“So to be a manager and for one of your signings to do that . . . it makes the job look easy, doesn’t it?”