Everton ‘speaking’ with representatives of Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga over January loan move
Premier League rivals Everton are ‘speaking’ with the agent of Anthony Elanga to secure a loan move from Manchester United in the ongoing transfer window, according to GiveMeSport (h/t Manchester Evening News).
The Toffees are looking to get the 20-year-old on a temporary deal for the rest of the season. Frank Lampard’s team are ‘knocking on the door’ for the Sweden international.
However, the Red Devils are not keen on letting the player leave on loan amidst a shortage of attacking options. But the youngster is frustrated at the Old Trafford side due to a lack of opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo departed United midway through the campaign. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s untimely exit from the club has resulted in Erik ten Hag’s options up front dwindling.
Anthony Martial is currently the only natural striker in the squad. However, the France international has missed most of the season due to injury issues. But the 27-year-old has been back fit and has started in our last three games since the end of the 2022 World Cup.
Marcus Rashford has also had a resurgence under the new gaffer. The 25-year-old seems to be back to his best. In the current campaign, the England international is our leading goalscorer.
Elanga broke into the first-team dynamics last season with the arrival of Ralf Rangnick. The interim head coach preferred the Swedish national over the other options at his disposal.
However, the forward has seen his game time diminish in the current campaign. The arrival of Antony and Alejandro Garnacho’s performances have evidently contributed to the 20-year-old’s lack of chances.
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While Elanga needs regular minutes on the pitch to develop further, the Old Trafford side seemingly do not have enough depth up front. Thus, for now, it would be wise to keep a hold of the Swedish attacker.