Erik Ten Hag ‘opens another eye’ on the young star during pre-season

Erik Ten Hag ‘opens another eye’ on the young star during pre-season

According to reports, Amad Diallo has been organizing autonomous training in order to get himself in the best possible preseason shape. While most players will use summer training to physically prepare for the start of the new season, Manchester United’s elusive winger has already began this process.

The Athletic reports that Amad enlisted the aid of a coach from the Manchester United Community and Pre-Academy Programme to organize fitness sessions on a local astroturf pitch. The Ivorian was then joined by Brandon Williams and former academy player Dion McGhee.

Evidently, Amad views United’s preseason as an audition, an opportunity to impress Erik ten Hag and earn a spot in the club’s first-team for the upcoming season.

The Athletic reports that this summer will have a “significant impact” on where Amad will play next season, as the 21-year-old has yet to “receive assurances” that he will be loaned out again.

Ten Hag reportedly desires a “closer look” at the winger, who returned to Manchester from Sunderland after a successful season. Amad was nominated for Championship Young Player of the Year and claimed Sunderland’s own version of the award after scoring 14 goals and assisting on three more as he led his adopted club to the playoffs.

However, Amad’s destiny next season may not ultimately be determined by his individual performance. Instead, United’s transfer activity may be the determining factor.

Erik ten Hag’s desire for a new number nine has been no secret. Rasmus Hjlund has emerged as the top target, with the player himself “prioritizing” a transfer that ten Hag is reportedly just as interested in.

Atalanta will negotiate aggressively, especially for a relatively unproven striker like Hjlund. A reported price of £85 million seems excessive for a forward who scored nine league goals in thirty-two appearances last season.

If United’s efforts to recruit a striker are unsuccessful, Ten Hag may turn to Marcus Rashford. Last season, the Englishman performed admirably in this position, almost single-handedly carrying an otherwise ineffective United assault.

The only striking feat Wout Weghorst accomplished was instilling dread in the Stretford End.

Rashford’s redeployment as a number nine, according to The Athletic, would create space on the wings, which the diminutive Amad would unquestionably occupy.

Nonetheless, if a striker is signed, as is anticipated, the Ivorian would compete with Rashford, Garnacho, Sancho, and Antony for a slot on the wing – five players vying for two positions.

After the season Amad just completed in Tyne and Wear, a return to the bench seems unwise.

His long-term future at Old Trafford may be best secured by securing his short-term future elsewhere, where he is free to showcase his prodigious talents as an uncontested first-choice and continue his overall development.

Regardless of what transpires in the future weeks, the reports regarding Amad’s independent training are encouraging.

While the winger’s technical abilities are unquestionable, his dedication and desire to make a physical impact in preseason bode well for his future under Ten Hag, a manager renowned for placing the utmost value on character and conditioning.

Erik Ten Hag ‘opens another eye’ on the young star during pre-season