Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has been nominated for England’s U21 Player of the Year award after a string of impressive performances at international level.
Lingard made his U21 debut in 2013 and was making good progress at club level, particularly impressing at Birmingham City by scoring four goals on his debut.
His emergence didn’t go unnoticed when Louis van Gaal became manager at United in the summer. David Moyes had already been impressed by Lingard on the 2013 pre-season tour and Van Gaal had no issues throwing Lingard into the action.
The midfielder surprisingly started the first game of the season at right wing-back after scoring the winning goal against Liverpool in a pre-season match but his first start was temporary.
A knee injury picked up when challenging for a ball early in the game has kept Lingard out ever since, curtailing both his club form and his international form.
Despite making just two appearances for the U21 side this year, Lingard is nominated for the award and his manager at Old Trafford believes he is close to a return.
The 22-year-old has been pictured back in training lately and supporters will be glad to see another academy product heavily involved with the first team squad.
You can vote for Lingard at the FA website here.