Jesse Lingard Nottingham Forest 2022-23Getty

Jesse Lingard earned £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.

Not helped by a series of niggling injuries, he soon fell way down the pecking order for Steve Cooper and 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 ten months later, Lingard departs as a peripheral figure. His Premier League career, despite being only 30, appears to be coming to an end.

Forest, meanwhile, managed to stave of the threat of Premier League relegation without their marquee signing playing even a minor role.

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