Birmingham City are to extend Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard’s loan for another two months.
The 20-year-old’s initial youth loan is due to expire this Sunday following Blues’ trip to Leeds United. But a new agreement is in place to keep him at St Andrew’s until 14 December, making him available for a further eight Championship games.
Lingard arrived in September, scoring all four goals on his debut in a 4-1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The England Under-21 international has so far made four appearances, taking his Blues tally to five goals with another strike in the 4-0 win over Millwall.
Prior to Lingard’s arrival, Birmingham had managed just four goals in seven matches this season – and one of them was an own goal. But Lee Clark’s side have now hit 12 in the last five matches, including a 3-1 win without Lingard in the Capital One Cup to put out holders Swansea City.
Good move by United to extend it. At his age Lingard needs to play every week and that is not going to happen if he stays at United. United U21 boss Warren Joyce is fully supportive of the club loaning out its young talent saying:
“I think some of the other have got to go out on loan,” Joyce said for Inside United. “Even though we’re short of numbers in the reserves side, they have played there for two years and done their time. They are more than capable.
“I’ve watched Nick Powell who has gone out and done well. Ryan Tunnicliffe is paying well, Federico Macheda had a good start. For sure, Larnell Cole, Tom Thorpe and Michael Keane would all do well in the Championship.
“We’ll just look and see what materialises with those players but it’s difficult as it goes in cycles and we are quite thin on the ground for numbers at the minute. But we have got to do what is best for the players.”