View Full Version : [19] Gareth Southgate praises Jesse Lingard

Red News
10-11-2015, 04:38 PM
“I remember him being in the U18s and speaking to Brian McClair about him because he was a small one and they stuck with him. So they’ve been very good as a club in academy terms of sticking with those late developers and I still think there’s more to come. We’ve had a little glimpse, and I have every confidence he can go on and do even more. It was a great shame that he got injured in the first game of last season but he was a player we had a great belief in and we were chuffed when he was available for the summer. Under pressure, he performed really well and that’s key for big clubs. He lives for football really, loves to train and loves to play. I’m really pleased to see him getting his chance now and I was amazed that they weren’t inundated with more bids to prise him away in the summer, especially having played as well as he did in the Euros. Physically, he’s been a late developer and I think there’s still some physical growth to come but he’s an intelligent footballer. He will carry out the role he’s been asked, which I think the manager there will quite like, and he’s got a terrific work ethic without the ball. He’s got clean feet, a very clean, sharp touch and likes to come in off the line, pass and follow and he’s quick. He can also play as a number 10 and get in beyond the striker and he will score goals."