This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Anthony Elanga could be on the move temporarily this January with any first team involvement at Old Trafford hard to come by so far this season.
An exact destination is still up in the air but Manchester United may consider the EFL as a route to regular game time for the 19-year-old.
Elanga was a popular name in the rumour mill around transfer deadline day and will be looking for some valuable experience in the second half of the campaign.
The Swede opened his account for Manchester United on the final game of last season and has been an unused substitute in both of the club’s Champions League group games to date. With the fierce competition for places at Old Trafford, Elanga is unlikely to force a start even if injuries occur so the Football League could give him the platform to show what he can do.
Here, then, we have gathered the thoughts of a selection of FLW writers on who they think should be pursuing a loan deal for Anthony Elanga and why…
Anthony Elanga could turn out to be the perfect signing for Sheffield United as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are currently lacking options in the wide areas.
The Blades were linked with a move for Amad Diallo in the summer transfer window and now could potentially turn their attention to another Red Devils man in January.
Having illustrated glimpses of his talent during the latter stages of the previous campaign for United, Elanga will be determined to make considerable strides in terms of his development by featuring regularly at Championship level.
If Elanga is able to form a fruitful partnership with the likes of Billy Sharp and Morgan Gibbs-White, he could potentially play a key role in helping the Blades launch a promotion push next year.
Manchester United sanctioning a loan move for Anthony Elanga to the Championship seems to be a very sensible plan for him in January.
The 19-year-old’s potential has already been demonstrated, most notably with the goal and performance he produced during United’s trip to Wolves on the last day of last season in the Premier League.
There are a number of clubs that you could see Elanga being a lot of use for over the course of the second half of the campaign. One club in particular that have to be in the market to add a player with his quality is Sheffield United with the Blades clearly in need of adding more talent to their squad in the wide areas. You could see him performing very well at Bramall Lane.
In addition, there are other sides like Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers that could do with adding extra attacking options to their squad for the second half of the campaign. Boro in particular could benefit a lot from a player like the 19-year-old arriving and he would offer them something different for sure.
Swansea City are another side that should be interested in recruiting a player like Elanga in January. Adding goals to their good approach play and build-up has to be a main priority and this is a player that could both add a few extra goals and assists to Russel Martin’s side. The Swans should be all over this type of potential move.
The likes of Stoke City and Coventry City are both enjoying fine starts to the campaign, as are Huddersfield Town and all three of those might need some extra firepower and creativity in the final third in January to help them maintain those starts.
At the moment though, Sheffield United looks to be the club that are in most need of a player with his ability and they might well be an attractive proposition for Manchester Untied to loan him out to.
Sheffield United should be taking a close look at Elanga considering their lack of wide options, after failing to tie down former target Amad Diallo from Manchester United.
After reportedly working on a deal for Diallo in the late stages of the summer, they may have already struck up a relationship with the Red Devils that will allow the Swedish youth international to move to Bramall Lane quickly when the winter window opens. Delays in the previous transfer window proved to be detrimental to results, so they will be hoping to get their business done quickly.
West Brom may also want to take a look at him. Although he can play up front too, the 19-year-old may prefer to play in his more natural position out wide. If one of Callum Robinson or Karlan Grant joins Jordan Hugill in the middle from out wide, there will be space for the Manchester United man in the team and will give Valerien Ismael another option in the front three.
It’s a shame Derby are unlikely to be able to get him in either their administration, because a winger would give them something different going forward and they may have been at the front of the queue considering Wayne Rooney’s connections to his former club.