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Amad Diallo: How The Manchester United Winger Will Fit Into Erik ten Hag’s System

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Amad Diallo: How The Manchester United Winger Will Fit Into Erik ten Hag’s System

Amad Diallo is an incredible talent signed from the flourishing youth academy of Atalanta. He has managed to make a significant impression amongst the Red Devils supporters, but is yet to play a continuing role in the first team of Manchester United.

Fortunately for Amad, a breakthrough to the first team may be brought to the 19-year-old Ivorian International with Erik ten Hag now named as the successor to take charge at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Erik ten Hag has revolutionized the footballing spectrum with his high-pressing and one touch football, and not only has Ten Hag been able to adapt to the modern game, but has shown that he can integrate fresh young faces into his first team squads, which is heavily aligned with the history of Manchester United.

Erik ten Hag encourages his players during Ajax's 2019 Champions League campaign | Credit: Alamy
Erik ten Hag encourages his players during Ajax's 2019 Champions League campaign | Credit: Alamy
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Since reaching a semi-final with his beloved Ajax in the Champions League, the upcoming transfer windows saw many of Ajax’s best players leave with the club unable to retain their stars. This saw the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Matthijs De Ligt, Frenkie De Jong and Donny van de Beek all leave the Ajax squad in a brief period.

However, the genius Erik ten Hag displayed his ability to rebuild and adapt his squad, and such qualities will need to be on show when arriving at Old Trafford.

One player who fits the profile of Erik ten Hag’s system is undoubtedly Amad. When compared to the profile of players in Erik ten Hag’s system such as Ziyech and Antony, there is one fundamental component both players share with the young Ivorian which is that they are all left footed.

In Ten Hag’s system a left footed winger is required to play on the right side of the pitch, and with the lack of transfer activity it would not come as a shock to see the current No.16 suit up on the right-wing next season. 

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With a quick google search, you will find that Amad is gifted with both feet; the creative Ivorian can create chances from nothing and is without a doubt one of the most exciting prospects in Europe.

During his loan spell with Rangers following an injury, Amad has shown glimpses of his ability and has played a factor in helping the Glaswegian outfit lift their 34th Scottish Cup in a 2-0 victory against the Hearts.

Amad is the only Manchester United player to win a trophy this season | Credit: Alamy
Amad is the only Manchester United player to win a trophy this season | Credit: Alamy

The loan move provided the physical demands needed for Amad to succeed in the Premier League, and with a continuous stint in the first team under Erik ten Hag the upside for the Ivorian prodigy is substantial. 

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With Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils yet to return for pre-season training, there will undoubtedly be fresh faces at the club.

With many youngsters due back from loan spells and amass-exodus taking place which may see Manchester United lose up to 10 first team players, the chance to make an impact for Amad is there. With the position on the right up for grabs, Amad Diallo will have to impress his manager to compete for that spot on the right.

With Erik Ten Hag’s philosophy as well as Manchester United’s history in producing young talent, the stars may be aligned for young Amad to shine in red and show supporters the exciting capabilities he was purchased for.

Amad is expected to take part in Manchester United's pre-season tour.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Amad Diallo, Rangers, Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag

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