Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has urged Newcastle United to sign Jesse Lingard.
The Magpies lost once again today in the Premier League, this time Manchester City.
Eddie Howe’s side were looking to bounce back from defeat to Liverpool earlier in the week.
But it was not to be for Newcastle, who were once again put up against it early on.
City were gifted an early goal, when a lack of communication between Martin Dubravka and Ciaran Clark allowed Ruben Dias to score from point-blank range from Joao Cancelo’s cross.
Clark was back in the starting XI for the first time since his red card against Norwich City and needed to justify his selection over Fabian Schar.
Cancelo then added a second with a special strike from the edge of the box after more pretty poor defending. Third and fourth goals followed from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.
At 2-0, Newcastle should have had a penalty for a foul by Ederson on Ryan Fraser. But it was inexplicably waved away, with the decision upheld by VAR.
Before the game, the Sky Sports pundits were discussing Newcastle and their prospects of staying up.
They put the spotlight on the lack of quality in defence. But Redknapp insisted attacking midfielder Lingard would be his first signing in January.
He said before the game: “You can’t just keep relying on Callum Wilson. Jesse Lingard has had a shout, if I was Newcastle right now he would be my first signing. He’s out of contract in the summer, you can get him at a good price. Great mentality, goals in him.”
Redknapp is right, Jesse Lingard should be a priority signing for Newcastle
Newcastle should definitely be looking to land £75,000-a-week star Lingard next month.
The Magpies need someone who can provide a bit of inspiration, and Lingard will likely be itching to move on ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
He shone for West Ham United last term, so the evidence is there that he would be able to make a difference for Newcastle.
Proven performers should be the priority for Newcastle, and Lingard could be a fine addition.