Sunderland boss on Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo finding Championship “too easy”
Amad scored another fantastic goal against Birmingham City on Saturday to win the game for Sunderland and push them within two points of the playoff places with four games in the season left.
The 20-year-old has scored 12 goals and assisted two in 33 appearances in the Championship this season so far. In the last 10 league appearances, the forward has got five goals and an assist.
“He finds the game too easy sometimes, and I need to sort of poke him just to make sure he’s giving everything for the team. Because the game is so easy for him, individually, he loses concentration occasionally, but we’re all delighted he’s here for us.
“A brilliant individual goal today for him. We’ve seen it before, in fact, he scored one at Birmingham in the reverse fixture.”
It is good to see a young player like Amad taking up his chance with both hands during the loan spell, especially after a disappointing time with Rangers last season. It is spells like this that can spur him on to do greater things for United in the future.
The 20-year-old is a versatile player who can play in any position across the forward line. For Sunderland this season, he has been mostly used as a right winger but has played as a striker, a number 10 and a support striker as well.
He is a clean striker of the ball who likes to take defenders on, create chances for others and score goals at a decent rate.
If the youngster finishes this season well and impresses Erik ten Hag in the pre-season, it won’t be a bad idea to use him as one of the squad players next season.
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Amad has the qualities and the personality to make the game too easy for him. As Mowbray said, it is about making him understand to not take his eyes off the ball. Once he can do that consistently, he would be a key asset for United.