Manchester United are set to have a new player at the club in the not too distant future, with Amad Diallo seemingly on his way.
Cast your mind back to transfer deadline day. Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Facundo Pellistri were all signed, while another deal was agreed – but only in principle.
United left it too late to get Diallo through the Old Trafford entrance doors on the day, though now we’re in the mid-season window, the 18-year-old is making the move to Manchester.
Solskjaer confirmed as much to the media, stating that the talented teen will finalise his United transfer ‘very soon’ while the gaffer also admitted he’s excited about bringing Diallo in.
Check out what Ole Solskjaer had to say about Amad Diallo here:
“We have had all the paperwork, I can’t see any obstacles. He’s coming.” Solskjaer told reporters, including The Sun.
“I hope very soon he will be with us.
“I’m very excited about bringing him in, I think he’s shown a few times his qualities.
“Of course he has to learn to play in England, that’s a different level of football.
“We’ll give him time to develop and to express himself.
“Apart from that, I’m not really thinking too much on what we’re going to do with players [in the January transfer window].”
I guess the early word from Solskjaer is that Amad Diallo will be eased into proceedings, just like the aforementioned Pellistri.
Despite everyone seeing just how talented Diallo is, the worst thing to do would be to throw the young kid in too early and knock his confidence.
At the very least, I’d expect Diallo will be given at least a couple of U23s games to find his feet. We all may think he’s ready to play first-team football, heck, Solskjaer is definitely hopeful that’s the case, but we have to approach this one cautiously.
Personally, I’d prefer to see Diallo given a couple of chances off the bench as the season progresses, with a view to him becoming a major part of the squad in the years to come. Next pre-season would definitely be a good place to start – though if regular first-teamers get injured, we may well see Diallo much sooner than that.