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“The glass ceiling”- Sunderland boss gives positive update on Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo

Southampton have made contact with Manchester United over a potential loan deal for Amad Diallo.
Manchester United winger Amad Diallo. (imago Images)

Sunderland AFC manager Tony Mowbray believes loanee Amad Diallo has what it takes to succeed at Manchester United

Sunderland AFC boss Tony Mowbray believes Manchester United winger Amad Diallo, who is currently on loan at Sunderland, has what it takes to succeed at Old Trafford.

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.”

Erik ten Hag has "reservation" about recalling Amad Diallo from Sunderland loan to Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag has “reservation” about recalling Amad Diallo from Sunderland loan to Manchester United. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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.

Manchester United’s Amad Diallo could make his way into the first team for the 2023/24 season (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Written by Yuvraj Singh

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