The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

STEVE McClaren in­sists Manch­ester United loa­nee Jesse Lin­gard, 22, is go­ing to be the per­fect weapon for Derby in their hunt for an au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spot.

The Eng­land un­der-21 mid­fielder ar­rived from United in Jan­uary, hav­ing started Louis van Gaal’s first com­pet­i­tive game as manager back in Au­gust be­fore be­ing ruled out with in­jury.

McClaren said: “Jesse is go­ing to be a real as­set for us.You see his threat, his pace and in­tel­li­gence.

“We’ve seen that he can score goals; he can cre­ate, he’s quick, he’s lively. He’s been very im­pres­sive and I’m look­ing for­ward to him be­ing part of the squad over the next few months.”

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