Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has claimed Jesse Lingard had a very good game against Tunisia in England’s opening World Cup match but has called on him to improve in one aspect.
The academy product was nowhere near making the squad that went to Brazil in 2014 but has shown remarkable progress to become a regular starter for his nation.
Last season was essentially Lingard’s breakthrough season, not in the sense of him becoming a first team player but in the sense of him finding himself consistently on the starting XI.
The versatile attacker has many good attributes but the one criticism that’s faced him is his lack of a clinical nature which is something that Robson has pointed out as well.
Jesse’s intelligence, pace and good movement often means he finds himself in good positions quite often but the worry is how many chances he needs before putting the ball in the net.
According to the club’s official website, Bryan said: “Jesse and Dele Alli both started off really well. I thought Jesse covered the pitch really well, worked really hard and got into some great positions.
“The only downside is that he had two really good chances. He should have finished at least one of them, which would have put England into a commanding position. But his overall game was very, very good.”
For all the criticism however, Lingard’s still managed to grab 13 goals across all competitions this campaign which is pretty good for the kind of positions he’s played in.
The Englishman has played on either flank, attacking midfield, central midfield and even wing-back on the odd occasion with Mourinho making full use of his versatility.