Sunderland AFC manager Tony Mowbray believes loanee Amad Diallo has what it takes to succeed at Manchester United
Amad is having a sensational loan spell with Sunderland and is already a fan favourite. In 22 appearances so far for the Championship outfit, he has contributed to 7 goals and 2 assists.
Mowbray, while speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Manchester Evening News) believes that Amad has all the potential and ability to succeed at Manchester United.
“The test for him is when he goes back next year; can he have a good pre-season? Does he feel like a first-team player there? That’s the glass ceiling he has to break through, really.
Harvey Elliott was at Blackburn Rovers a couple of years ago; he broke through that ceiling at Liverpool and plays, a lot of the time, in the first team now. Amad has to try and do that and he’s not going to fall short on talent.”
A championship loan, if done well, can do wonders for a player and fast-track his development on the road to the first team.
United signed Amad from Atalanta BC for a fee that could go up to the region of £37.2m in January 2021 after the winger had made just two appearances off the bench for the Italian outfit.
It was clear that the fee paid for him was on the potential of what he could become and not what he was at that time.
Everyone was aware that the attacker is raw in many phases of the games and needs redefining to excel at a big club like United.
Hence, a loan move was the best possible idea for the player’s development however his first loan move to Scottish side Rangers FC did not go according to the plan and many believed that United might look to sell him in the coming window.
However, the subsequent move to Sunderland has revitalised his career and the player has shown the capability of not looking out of place in English football.
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Mowbray is correct that Amad has to show his improvement in the 2023/24 pre-season tour to convince Ten Hag to add him to the first team.
He does have all the attributes to succeed at Old Trafford and if he keeps his head down and keeps working hard, sky is the limit for the tricky winger.