Axel Tuanzebe looks like he’ll be heading out on loan for the 2021/22 season.
Manchester United’s pre-season is three games deep, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calling on the same back two to start in those games; Teden Mengi and Axel Tuanzebe.
That’s been forced due to the regular first-team centre-backs still on holiday, or, in Eric Bailly’s case, he’s still with his national team. While Phil Jones continues to remain sidelined.
Tuanzebe was a rotational option for Solskjaer last term, offering a real mixed bag in terms of his performances. Well, next campaign, it looks like he’ll be playing his football away from Old Trafford – due to the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane.
While speaking to the media, Solskjaer admitted that the 23-year-old first-teamer is likely to leave on loan this season, claiming, ‘he can see’ Axel moving elsewhere.
Check out what Solskjaer had to say here:
“Of course, with Raphael coming in, I can see Axel going out [on loan], because I have Varane, Maguire, Lindelof and Eric Bailly and Phil Jones is coming back in,” Solskjaer told reporters, including ManUtd.com.
For every top Tuanzebe performance, there has been a pretty poor one alongside it. Injuries definitely haven’t helped his case, while not being given a regular run in the side hasn’t been ideal, either.
However, I think the general consensus is that Tuanzebe would be further along in terms of his progress as a player than where he currently is. Hence why he’s going to find it tough to play regularly at Old Trafford over the next twelve months.
The talk has been that Newcastle United want to take Tuanzebe, which would be a brilliant move for him. Steve Bruce would hopefully offer the defender the chance to start week-in-week-out, allowing the United academy graduate to start to get a feel for what it’s like to play at the highest level on a regular basis.
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