WELCOME TO MANCHESTER: Amad Diallo Traoré

Perhaps the most potential filled pick up during the transfer window is none other than the 18 year old wonderkid Amad Diallo Traoré, from the Ivory Coast. Amad confirmed yesterday he prefers to go by the Diallo surname.

Signed from Atalanta for a reported fee of 30 million euros + add ons (Fabrizio Romano), Diallo is a player who will surely inject some positive exciting energy out of a rather disappointing window from a fans perspective.

The Player

The skinny is simple; an 18 year old packed with potential. Last season at Atalanta he accumulated 24 games, 7 goals, and 18 assists for the U-19’s. Along with that strong youth season he became the youngest player to feature in Seria A last season, as well as being the league’s youngest goalscorer last season.

With a preferred left foot, he is primarily a right winger but offers some versatility with being able to move over and play on the left side, as well as being able to do a job at centre forward. All greats notches on his resumé, but what can Manchester United expect from him once he joins the squad in January?

Strengths
  • Flair
  • Dribbling
  • Key Passes
  • Decision Making
  • Balance
Weaknesses
  • Aerial Duels
  • Strength
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Summary

Jadon Sancho? Not even close. Ousmane Dembele? No. Of course Amad Diallo is not the massive established right wing option we all hoped was coming. But let’s be slow to criticize this signing because of what could have been.

From a former Atalanta teammate, Alejandro Darío Gómez, “He’s a future star, trust me. During our training sessions he seems like Messi! You can’t stop him, he’s unbelievable, our centre backs have serious problems when [Diallo] is on the pitch.”

Thanks to Ed Woodward we will not be able to see him with the squad until January due to doing business so late and not being able to get a work visa in time. However there is one closing thought that I believe is worth holding on to…In 2003 we missed out on Ronaldinho after we were sure to sign him.

Instead United took a chance on an 18 year old wonder-kid from Sporting CP, and we all know how that worked out. We may have missed out on Jadon Sancho, but Amad Traoré gives us plenty to be excited about going forward.

Welcome to Manchester United!

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