Amad Diallo’s time is now, with Manchester United being given the perfect chance to hand the 18-year-old starlet his full debut vs Atalanta.
On transfer deadline day in 2020, Manchester United would sanction a move to sign little-known Amad Diallo from Atalanta. The youngster only had a few senior appearances under his belt but clearly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had seen enough.
Sadly, the move wouldn’t go through in time due to work permit issues, meaning the Old Trafford Faithful would be made to wait until January 2021 to see their new man in Manchester United colours.
Understandably, the Red Devils would give Amad time to settle into his new surroundings before giving the Ivorian his debut. He’d come on as a late substitute against Real Sociedad during a 4-0 victory.
It was in the next round of the Europa League where Amad would make his name, though. This time around, he’d get 45 minutes as United were struggling against AC Milan.
With what was practically his first touch, the 18-year-old would do his best Javier Hernandez impression, pulling off a pretty unbelievable backwards header to put the Reds in front. That strike would win March’s Goal of the Month, obviously…
Now here we are, amid an injury crisis, gearing up for a Europa League quarter-final against Granada. This game feels like the perfect opportunity to hand Amad his first senior start for Manchester United – and here’s why…
Anthony Martial’s season is over, while Marcus Rashford has been struggling with a bad back all term. Juan Mata has only just returned to training so this game comes way too soon for the loveable Spaniard.
In terms of outright wingers, the only fully fit ones for United right now are Daniel James and Amad. Now, Mason Greenwood can play out there but I’m expecting him to play as the main striker tomorrow night, meaning the other two attacking spots practically pick themselves.
A big game against beatable opposition
With all due respect to Granada, Manchester United should be beating these guys regardless of who starts this game. This is a massive game for Solskjaer’s side, so it’s the perfect blend of a pressure situation but a completely winnable fixture. This feels like the opportune time to throw Amad out there and truly see what he can do over the course of 90 minutes.
I’m expecting Solskjaer to go as strong as possible when naming his team so make no mistake about it, Amad will have plenty of quality and experience in and around him. The senior figures will be talking him through the game, telling him where to position himself and what runs to make.
Amad’s time is now
Big money was spent on this young man, over £30million to be precise. The powers-that-be at United are going to want to see some sort of return on their investment, while Amad himself will be expecting to play.
Playing Amad now gives United a chance to see exactly what he can do. If he starts tomorrow and finishes out the season strongly, it may mean United don’t need to sign a marquee right-winger this summer. Instead, they can focus on bringing in a top-level striker or world-class centre-half.
Until Amad’s given his chance, there’s no telling what he can do in the live-game situation.
It’s already pretty clear that U23s football is a level below Diallo. Now, it’s time for him to make that leap into the next step. I’m betting he’s more than ready to unleash his ability on the world.
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