During his United senior career, Elanga has struggled to find his footing. Despite having had plenty of opportunities – he’s played 48 times and is still only 20 years old – he’s struggled.
Because he is still young, he will have the opportunity to succeed.
He will, however, have to wait his turn and demonstrate that he possesses the necessary qualities. Erik ten Hag has given him a few opportunities to show what he can accomplish so far this season.
In all competitions, the Dutch manager has used the forward 20 times. Seven of those appearances have been from the start, although he has yet to score and has only assisted twice.
Alejandro Garnacho’s progress and the addition of Wout Weghorst have moved him down the pecking order.
Several clubs have remarked that Elanga is not towards the top of United’s depth chart. Indeed, Leicester City, Southampton, and Everton are all thought to be interested in loaning him out.
This is in addition to interest from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven.
Elanga has a slew of suitors lining up.
However, none of those clubs’ interest has resulted in anything yet. Despite the fact that Elanga is at least six players ahead of him in the offensive ranks, Ten Hag is said to be reluctant to let him leave.
It remains to be seen whether this will alter before the January deadline.
Indeed, it appears that there are even more offers on the table than previously reported.
According to transfer source Fabrizio Romano, United has received ten approaches’ to sign Elanga on loan. He names Dortmund and PSV, with the latter reportedly ‘pushing’ for the signing.
It’s understandable why the Dutch would want to add an attacking player. During this transfer window, they have lost both Cody Gakpo and Noni Madueke to the Premier League.
As a result, they’re now weak on offense and eager to consolidate by bringing someone in.
United is awaiting a judgment.
United could make a loan to any of those organizations at any time. Indeed, Elanga could benefit from a period of continuous play away from Old Trafford.
However, it appears that they will not be taking this decision lightly.
Instead, Romano claims it will be made “in the final 24/48 hours” of the transfer window. That could suggest they’re waiting to see whether they can bring in anyone else.
Otherwise, there are no clear reasons why they wouldn’t just let Elanga go. Of course, they’ll want cover in case someone is hurt, but their next game is already after the window shuts, so that’s not likely to happen between now and then.