Jesse Lingard shouldn’t be singled out for poor form this season – Steve Cooper

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper says Jesse Lingard should not be singled out for his poor form this season.

The former Manchester United midfielder has yet to perform after his surprise summer move to the City Ground, having failed to contribute a goal or provide an assist in his first seven games as Forest slipped to bottom of the Premier League table.

Lingard’s lack of input is more noticeable given his profile, but ahead of Aston Villa’s Crunch visit on Monday, Cooper says all his players’ performances should be scrutinized.

When asked if Lingard was frustrated with his start in life at Forest, Cooper said, “I don’t think you can go and – respectfully – just write that about Jesse.

“He’s a high-quality player but we don’t treat him any differently here. He’ll feel the same as everyone else I’m sure, but it’s about looking ahead now and above all improving on what’s happened in the past few weeks.

“Now is not the time to talk about individuals. It’s really about being together and one as much as possible. That’s what you do in hard times, you stick together and get out of it.

“We need our really good players to play well, there’s no doubt about that. We can’t just say it, whether it’s a goalkeeper or a striker or everyone in between.

“Everyone has to play well. If we can do that in our own way and in our team, then we improve.

“You build confidence, you build spirit and the results will improve – so we have to earn that.” Jesse Lingard shouldn’t be singled out for poor form this season – Steve Cooper

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