Just in: Ten Hag is urged to hand Man United loanee chance as he can play in difference position
Promising young forward Amad Diallo has had an exceptional start to his loan spell with Sunderland, with former Black Cats defender Danny Collins saying he is “playing like Aidan McGeady.”
After struggling for consistent minutes on a short-term loan with Rangers last season, Diallo has featured 14 times for Sunderland this season, scoring four goals and getting one assist so far.
The 20-year-old has been utilised effectively by Tony Mowbray this season, showing why Manchester United are so excited about the youngster.
United actually signed Diallo in a deal that could eventually top £37m from Atalanta when the Ivorian was 19. Indeed, the winger comes with plenty of expectations and will surely have a big future in the game.
However, to date, Diallo has still only featured nine times for the Red Devils, scoring one goal against AC Milan in the Europa League round of 16. He has, however, already been compared to a talented Liverpool youngster.
Given the competition for his preferred winger position from the likes of Rashford, Antony and Sancho, it made sense for Diallo to go and develop his game with some regular football elsewhere.
Flashes of brilliance
Last season, Giovanni van Bronckhorst brought Diallo to Ibrox to bolster Rangers’ attacking threat, but while Diallo showed flashes of brilliance, he still wasn’t a regular in the side.
The youngster played 13 times for the Gers, scoring three goals overall, but it’s fair to say he failed to live up to his star billing.
Erik Ten Hag then opted to send Diallo on a season-long loan to Sunderland to see if he could develop his game in the Championship, a decision which is paying dividends already.
After 14 appearances, four goals and one assist Diallo has turned into a consistent starter for the Black Cats, with Mowbray being the first manager to really ‘back’ him and give him time to settle.