Man United signed Amad Diallo for €41m after 24 first-team minutes. What does the scouting world suppose?

Man United signed Amad Diallo for €41m after 24 first-team minutes. What does the scouting world suppose?

With the January transfer window open throughout Europe, probably the most anticipated arrival is definitely one which was agreed again in October. In what is definitely some of the curious offers ever, 18-year-old Amad Diallo (he dropped Traore from his title earlier in 2020) signed for Manchester United from Atalanta for €21 million, plus one other €20m in add-ons, even supposing his first-team league expertise had amounted to a meagre 24 minutes on the time.

Diallo scored 4 minutes into his 13-minute Atalanta debut as an alternative in opposition to Udinese in October 2019 (changing into the primary participant born in 2002 to attain in Serie A), however solely performed one other 11 minutes throughout two video games that season. Then, regardless of United’s consideration, he needed to wait nearly a yr for his subsequent senior minutes: a 13-minute cameo in opposition to Hellas Verona on Nov. 28 earlier than a promising 22-minute look off the bench within the Champions League in opposition to FC Midtjylland on Dec. 1, by which he confirmed some delicate touches, advantageous runs and had two good photographs saved late on.

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Certainly, Diallo’s means on the ball has seen him likened to Barcelona legend Lionel Messi, and he is excelled even when enjoying two age teams above his personal all through his youth profession. Nevertheless, it is nonetheless an enormous price for such an untested participant who won’t even function within the Premier League this season. You additionally must marvel why {the teenager} has been used so sparingly (particularly in an outrageously fixture-congested yr) by Atalanta — whilst an influence sub — given his apparent expertise, profile and credentials.

With solely one other 35 minutes beneath his belt since they agreed the deal, it is a gamble for United, who’ve been burned earlier than with the likes of Bebe. However sources informed Football4cast’s Rob Dawson that Diallo will probably be thought of a first-team signing, together with 18-year-old Facundo Pellistri who was signed from Uruguayan aspect Penarol on the identical time.

As Diallo arrives in Manchester after receiving his UK work allow, here is a have a look at why the Previous Trafford hierarchy thought the Ivory Coast-born winger was well worth the danger.

Diallo moved to Atalanta in 2015 and has shone within the youth teams. Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Photos

What sort of participant is he?

Diallo is way from unknown on the scouting circuit, having been on the radar of Europe’s main golf equipment for fairly a while as a result of his performances at youth degree — the place he usually stands out in opposition to older opponents — and his newer shows within the Italian “Primavera” (U19) league.

His stats within the Primavera over the previous two years are spectacular — 12 targets and 9 assists in 39 video games — whereas he additionally notched one objective and three assists throughout six video games within the UEFA Youth League in 2019-20.

A high scout at one such membership granted Football4cast entry to their complete file on Diallo, which dates again to 2019 and is predicated on his appearances in youth tournaments and the U19 league. Within the membership’s inside system, Diallo is rated as a possible 7.5 participant (out of a most 10), which equates to “a potential common at a Champions League-level membership” — only for reference, a peak Messi was apparently a in accordance with their system (clearly no one will be good!)

Some snippets from the report, which was compiled utilizing enter from totally different members of the membership’s scouting workers, reveal fascinating particulars about his traits as a participant.

“Bodily profile: can appear light-weight, however offers effectively with contact. Capable of keep on his ft even when going through sturdy challenges. Low level of gravity, good steadiness. Spectacular change of course with and with out the ball. Spectacular physique management and coordination. Very fast on quick areas, loses some energy and velocity over longer distances. Extra steady than most gamers of his age, influence persists all through the sport.”

Diallo can also be applauded for his “functionality to see all areas of the pitch” and he’s “in a position to distribute the ball effectively past short-medium distances; executes good switches of play.” His defensive work-rate can also be highlighted as a constructive: “His willingness to trace runs, defend and align with the team’s defensive construction is surprisingly good.”

What place does he play?

Diallo moved from central midfield early in his profession. Diallo is now a tactically conscious inverted winger — superb for a 4-3-Three formation — with abilities extra akin to the trendy vast playmaker than an out-and-out winger restricted to a change of tempo and the power to take on opponents. The report reads:

“Attribute inverted winger who likes to chop in on his left foot from the proper. Prefers to take up positions comparatively deep with a view to take part in build-up fairly than go straight for a objective or the conclusive section, however can also be efficient nearer to the objective and penalty space. Much less efficient on the left, however can roam with success in central positions.”

Is his model much like that of any present gamers?

The Messi comparisons come from Diallo’s nice steadiness, fast ft, wonderful technical abilities, mesmerising dribbles and talent to see and execute the perfect go — to not point out his advantageous left foot.

He possesses a maturity and confidence past his 18 years that enables him to use his appreciable abilities — however not only for the sake of it, solely when there’s one thing to be gained — and offers him an actual team ethic with loads of willingness to trace again and work exhausting to play his half in defending.

However whereas he is an undeniably thrilling prospect, everyone knows that is no assure of success. In any case, the sport is plagued by younger gamers hampered by the ‘”subsequent Messi” tag.

One skilled scout with deep perception into the Italian youth scene says that Diallo’s undoubted potential nonetheless must translate to first-team degree.

“I’ve seen Diallo many occasions and he is an fascinating expertise, however I’ve to confess that the deal, particularly on the figures concerned, was an excellent shock to me,” he informed Football4cast beneath the situation of anonymity. “Sure, he is excelled at youth degree and sure, even with these from age teams above, however for my part he isn’t similar to gamers like [Barcelona’s] Ansu Fati, [Real Madrid’s] Vinicius Jr., Reinier or Rodrygo, who I all tracked at youth degree. And for the cash concerned on this deal you count on a possible world star. I simply do not see Amad Diallo having the identical potential of these I discussed.”

What’s subsequent?

The subsequent steps for Diallo are going to be essential in enabling him to optimise his expertise. Will he be instantly built-in within the first-team squad — very like Pellistri (who, by the way, occupies the identical vast proper attacking slot) — and be outlined as a first-teamer however nearly solely play with the reserves? Or will he be despatched out on mortgage to get extra expertise?

With Diallo reportedly working exhausting on bettering his English he’d little question want to remain in Manchester, but the more and more frequent route of loaning up-and-coming gamers overseas to international locations such because the Netherlands, Belgium and even Germany is likely to be one other chance. Because the holder of an Italian passport, that’s actually a simple choice.

What Manchester United resolve to do with him subsequent is of utmost significance, as a result of their success tales of signing late teenage prospects with fast first-team aspirations from overseas are few and much between. They’ve taken a big gamble by spending large cash on an unproven 18-year-old, however as their transfer coverage continues to focus on youthful gamers, how Diallo settles at Previous Trafford might play an enormous half of their future.

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