Jesse Lingard is earning £120,000 a week at Nottingham Forest to not play - not for the first time, he made the wrong choice
Jesse Lingard's career has been marked by bad decisions and joining Nottingham Forest looks like one of his worst.
As Forest prepare to host Manchester United on Sunday, Lingard looks unlikely to feature in the starting line up or from the bench against his boyhood club.
Not helped by a series of niggling injuries, he has fallen way down the pecking order for Steve Cooper and has only started one match in 2023, the miserable 3-1 defeat at Tottenham when he was hauled off at half-time.
Forest made an expensive bet on Lingard in their bid to ensure they avoided relegation back to the Championship, buying a big-name player with years of experience in the Premier League and who only one year previously had enjoyed an explosive return to form with West Ham.
But nine months into the move, Lingard has turned into a peripheral figure. His Premier League career, despite being only 30, appears to be coming to an end.
Forest, meanwhile, are languishing in the relegation zone, dreading what could be a catastrophic, immediate return to the Championship.