Stan Collymore hits out over new Jesse Lingard Man United contract

by Leo Nieboer

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has launched an attack on Jesse Lingard in light of his recent new contract at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old, who has been at the club since the age of seven, was handed a new four year deal earlier this month worth £100,000 a week.

Many pundits and supporters have questioned the club’s decision to hand Lingard – who has five goals to his name this season – such an astronomical wage.

And Collymore, as per, has launched a vitriolic attack on the Englishman.

“A squad player such as Jesse Lingard getting around £5m a year is absurd,” he said.

“His new Manchester United contract is another sign the Premier League has more money than sense, coming on the back of the £174m odd spent on agents fees.

“Lingard is getting similar money to what Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be at Spurs and they are two of the big-hitters, crucial to Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

“But maybe it will say to United and Jose Mourinho that there is a little too much fat in this squad that will quite happily sit around on big money knowing they won’t be called on to play 38 games at eight or nine out of 10.

“Instead Lingard can sit there pulling dopey faces on Instagram and Twitter, earning £100,000 a week and only be called on 15 times a season. How great is that?”

This is exactly how your dad reacted to Lingard’s new deal, isn’t it? Just a recycled rant used previously on the likes of Raheem Sterling, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and basically any flashy young player with a tendency to wear coloured boots. Collymore is good for this: the man scoffs at the idea of success and pretty much anything that doesn’t fall in line with his agenda – just ask one of the many thousands on his ‘blocked’ list on Twitter.

It is, of course, absolutely fine to criticise the large amounts of money encircling the beautiful game but to aim your anger and the recipients – as opposed to the purveyors – of this financial storm is just nonsensical.

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