Not Gakpo – Manchester United ace Diogo Dalot has highlighted Erik ten Hag’s transfer priority

As the January transfer window approaches, the Manchester United defender has been outstanding this season under Erik ten Hag.

Diogo Dalot, a Manchester United defender, has emphasized Erik ten Hag’s urgent need for depth at right-back ahead of the January transfer window.

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Dalot’s suspension for United’s last Premier League game against Fulham will linger in the manager’s mind. Ten Hag stood by while Tyrell Malacia, albeit out of position, battled to fill in on the right in the absence of the Portugal international.

Regardless of how thrilled the Dutchman was with Alejandro Garnacho’s 93rd-minute goal, he would have been as concerned about what more suspensions or injuries to Dalot would imply for his side’s setup in the future.

Ten Hag’s managerial philosophy is based on the modern full-back, who can contribute both defensively and higher up the pitch. Dalot has succeeded in this capacity, demonstrating his ability to be a threat in attack while also assisting his team in finding some defensive solidity.

Understanding your manager’s demands is critical if you want to succeed when a new coach arrives, and being able to adapt your approach to the tactical set-up being requested of you is a very crucial talent for long-term success in football.

Dalot has stated that he has linked his mental process with the Dutchman’s when it comes to his role as full-back, which has resulted in a successful season thus far.

“I [haven’t] been in the football world for too long since I’m still young,” he told The Times last month, “but from what I’ve seen, full-backs are becoming one of the most essential components of the game.” Not just for every manager, but also for every team, and football fans are beginning to recognize fullbacks as a vital position.

“I’m not saying full backs are fighting for the Ballon d’Or, but people perceive us as a significant part of the game and you could talk a lot about it strategically.”

“We’re the first players to come up from the back.” When pressing, you want to push when the ball is passed to the fullbacks. With their positioning, the full-back frequently modifies the shape of the squad. When switching plays, fullbacks are among the first players to be sought. So, these days, almost everything ends on fullbacks.

“And now you’re seeing fullbacks playing different positions, a little bit more in the middle, almost like double sixes, and playing as No 8s, No 10s.” It appeals to me because it encourages me to strive for completeness.

“I also like this management. He wants me to play different roles in different games, and I just try to adapt as much as I can.”

Ten Hag will be concerned by Dalot’s decline in ability, as Aaron Wan-Bissaka, despite being injured for the bulk of the season, does not appear capable of performing the role asked of him by the Dutchman. If the former Crystal Palace defender is unavailable, United’s other options include shifting Victor Lindelof to the right or, as seen against Fulham, switching Malacia from left to right-back.

Dalot’s performances have been outstanding, but his comments demonstrate that he genuinely understands the position that Ten Hag has assigned to him. If the United boss didn’t realize he needed help in that area before the game at Craven Cottage, he certainly does now.

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