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Jesse Lingard blasted by OWN coach for lack of work-rate

Monday, April 1, 2024

Jesse Lingard blasted by OWN coach for lack of work-rate
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Former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has been criticised for his work ethic by his own coach at FC Seoul for the second time in less than two months.

The 31-year-old signed a two-year deal with an option for another year at Seoul in February, after being without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

His arrival in Asia was greeted with much excitement from fans, with 51,670 packing into Seoul World Cup Stadium to witness his home debut.

Seoul coach Kim Gi-dong, though, has been less enthused about the Englishman's impact.

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The boss fumed at Lingard two weeks ago, hitting out at his work-rate after a match against Jeju United.

Even though he came on as a substitute, he didn't work hard and avoided tussle.

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

And he singled Lingard out for criticism again after the former England international missed Seoul's 1-1 draw against Gangwon on Sunday.

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.

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?

FC Seoul are currently seventh in the 12-team K-League, having won just once in their first four games.

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Meanwhile, Lingard is yet to start a game for his new club, and is now facing a spell on the sidelines with injury.

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