Manchester United have confirmed the arrival of Amad Diallo for £37 million from Atalanta. The 18-year old joins on the back of a lot of hype, and could potentially add flair and quality to the right flank if the club decides to play him as part of the first-team. So, who is Amad Diallo, and how can he transform Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side?
Wonderkid Amad Diallo to Spark Manchester United
Who Is He?
Amad Diallo is an Ivory Coast international but moved to Italy at the age of 10 with his brother Hamed. After the immigration, The youngster joined the youth team for Boca Barco in 2014. His impressive showings finally caught the attention of the recently promoted side Atalanta in 2015. The then 13-year old quickly moved through the ranks in youth setup, he found himself knocking on the first-team’s door. A delighted Gian Piero Gasperini offered him a 78th-minute debut against Udinese. It was only the matter of minutes before the two-time Campionato Primavera 1 champion left his mark, as he became the youngest player to score on his Serie A debut.
What Is He Known For?
The talented right-winger is a quick and dynamic player with eye-catching technical ability and an incredible vision of the game. His ability to dribble and shoot the ball with either foot makes him highly unpredictable. His club captain Alejandro Darío Gómez, also known as Papu Gómez was in awe of the talented youngster saying: “he’s a future star, trust me. During our training sessions, he seems like Messi!
“You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre backs have serious problems when Diallo is on the pitch. He’s fantastic!”
How Can He Transform Manchester United?
The Red Devils have been lacking a natural right-winger for years now. The signing of Amad Diallo is an indication that the 13-time Premier League winners are finally getting things right. An astute winger of his calibre can finally help create chances and score goals from an area that the club has been dry for years.
His Age Calls for Patience
While he is a prodigy, no teenager is capable of thriving in an environment when there are high expectations for him to deliver from day one.
The new signing is touted to be something special. It’s not totally clear about whether he will join the first-team, but if the progress continues, it will only be a matter of when and not a matter of if. Even if he joins the first-team, he will certainly be played in a reduced capacity, to make sure he adapts to the intense game, that is the English Premier League. Irrespective of his game-time, he is a highly exciting talent who can potentially turn out to be a world-class player, if nurtured right.
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