Everton should reignite their interest in free agent Jesse Lingard.
Jesse Lingard is currently without a club, having left Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
Despite the English transfer window being shut, Premier League sides can still add free agents to their squad. As such, Sean Dyche should seriously consider tabling an offer to Lingard.
Everton were keen to sign the 30-year-old last summer, as reported by Sky Sports. However, the former Manchester United man ultimately opted for a switch to Nottingham Forest.
Whilst things didn’t work out for Lingard at the City Ground, he remains a talented player who has proven his ability to impress in the Premier League. Over the course of seven seasons in the first team at Old Trafford, Lingard made over 200 appearances for the club and scored 35 goals.
During a loan stint with West Ham United during the 2020/21 season, he bagged 9 goals in 16 Premier League outings.
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Why Lingard would be a good fit for Everton
The 32-cap England international would bring extra creativity and an eye for goal to the midfield contingent at Goodison Park.
Lingard represents the kind of player that is sorely lacking from Dyche’s squad, especially with Dele Alli struggling for fitness and form. Whilst he isn’t guaranteed to impress for the Merseyside club, as a free transfer he represents a fairly low risk punt if they can convince the player to sign a short-term deal on reasonable wages.
If Dyche backs himself to be able to get Lingard back to his best, then he could be a star player for the Toffees this season. His natural talent isn’t in doubt. He has previously been called a “quality” player by his former West Ham teammate Michail Antonio, speaking on The Footballer’s Football Podcast.