Jesse Lingard: FC Seoul Boss Appears to Claim Ex Man United Star Is ‘Lazy’ After Cameo Appearance

Jesse Lingard: FC Seoul Boss Appears to Claim Ex Man United Star Is ‘Lazy’ After Cameo Appearance

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 18, 2024 at 8:22 AM
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  • Jesse Lingard has been chided for his poor performances
  • The ex-Man United star moved to South Korea in February
  • His three appearances in the K-League have been subpar

FC Seoul coach, Kim Gidong, didn't hold back in criticising Jesse Lingard after the former Manchester United forward made a cameo appearance in the South Korean K-League matchday four clash with Jeju United.

The Englishman reportedly turned down offers from various clubs worldwide after leaving Nottingham Forest last summer.

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Jesse Lingard's performance has not impressed FC Seoul head coach, Kim Gidong, after three games. Photos by MB Media and Fayez Nureldine.
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Introduced into the match against Jeju just two minutes before the hour mark, Lingard's performance fell short of expectations in his third appearance in the Korean top flight.

Previously, the 31-year-old had only made two substitute appearances, playing 14 minutes against Gwangju FC and 60 minutes against Incheon, per Sofascore.

Despite FC Seoul's 2-0 victory, Lingard's contribution left much to be desired. Coach Kim didn't sugarcoat his assessment, stating that the product of the Man United academy had failed to meet the team's standards.

"Even though [Lingard] came on as a substitute, he didn’t work hard and avoided tussle. Name value has no meaning on the pitch. I will tell him this exactly," the 52-year-old tactician said as translated by Centre Goals.

What's next for Lingard?

Jesse will be aiming to recapture his form swiftly as the K-League action resumes following the March international break.

His omission from the recent England call-up underscores his decline, but the upcoming two-week hiatus offers him an opportunity to rejuvenate and return to his captivating best.

The next outing for Lingard's team is a K-League encounter against Gangwon on March 31. Seoul currently occupies the seventh position after three matches, securing just four points out of a possible nine.

Lingard is the highest-paid footballer in Korea

Reportedly, Lingard's earnings have experienced a notable decline from his previous £180,000 weekly wage at Nottingham Forest.

It is believed the former Man United winger now earns £17,500 per week with Seoul, translating to approximately £910,000 annually.

Although his wages have decreased, Lingard is purportedly the top earner in the South Korean top flight, as Sports Brief has reported.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.