Jesse Lingard’s coach issues scathing verdict despite new injury

Jesse Lingard has been lambasted by his own manager at FC Seoul for a lack of effort despite a new injury.

Manager Kim Gi-dong has blasted the former Manchester United midfielder, claiming ‘he doesn’t fight and doesn’t run’.

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Lingard has been blasted for his lack of work-rate in South KoreaCredit: Getty

It is the latest scathing review from the FC Seoul boss as Lingard continues to struggle to get up to speed in the K-League.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about removing Jesse (Lingard). I don’t think a player who doesn’t run for a few minutes is a football player,” Ki-dong said.

“If he doesn’t fight, and doesn’t run better than the player who runs for 90 minutes?

“If you’re going to play soccer in the name, shouldn’t you just take the retired players?”

Lingard only signed for FC Seoul in February but this is not even the first time he has been dug out by his new manager.

Gi-dong fumed at the 31-year-old two weeks ago, hitting out at his work-rate after a win against Jeju.

“Even though he came on as a substitute, he didn’t work hard and avoided tussle,” Gi-dong said.

“The name value has no meaning on the pitch. I will tell him this exactly.”

Lingard is yet to start a game for FC Seoul

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Lingard is yet to start a game for FC Seoul

However, the attacking midfielder was not present on Sunday when Seoul could only muster a 1-1 draw.

According to Daily Mail, Lingard has suffered an injury problem to his meniscus that has set him back on his road to recovery.

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Lingard has already been used sparingly as he builds up his fitness having not played for a club for over six months.

He is yet to start a game for FC Seoul and is now facing a spell on the sidelines with injury.

The England international spent one year at Nottingham Forest last season before his contract expired in the summer.



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