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…
Sheffield United want in-demand Manchester United winger Amad Diallo, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.
The 19-year-old joined the Red Devils in a big-money move back in January but is expected to leave on loan this summer, with the likes of Crystal Palace and FC Basel keen.
The Blades are also understood to be interested but would that be a good move for them? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
This would be a tremendous coup.
There was so much excitement when Diallo joined United last season and he is very highly regarded by those at Old Trafford.
Of course, you can’t too much pressure on the lad as he’s still young and very much one for the long term, but a loan move would be beneficial as he looks to experience regular first-team football.
The Blades have ditched the 3-5-2 system and like to play more out-and-out wingers under Jokanovic, and Diallo would fit in perfectly.
He’ll bring plenty of pace and guile in the final third.
With their current lack of options on the wing and Harvey Elliott seemingly staying put at Anfield, bringing in Amad Diallo on loan would be a sensational capture.
Considering they paid £37m for him back in January, this would be a very surprising move but with a lack of wingers at Bramall Lane after adopting a five at the back under Chris Wilder, his signature would be ideal for Slavisa Jokanovic who will want a more advanced threat out wide.
Diallo would give them that different option going forward and after rarely being involved for Manchester United, he would have a big point to prove to Ole Gunnar Solsjkear.
It seems unrealistic he would drop down to the Championship considering his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest prospects but with a realistic opportunity to get Sheffield United back to the Premier League, he may decide to bite the bullet and take the step down temporarily to showcase his ability.
The Blades just need to ensure they don’t pay a huge loan fee for his services because there’s a big chance he wouldn’t remain in South Yorkshire beyond the end of his loan spell. It would certainly be a game-changing addition though, even if it’s only temporary.
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I think Diallo would be an outstanding signing for any Sky Bet Championship side.
He already had experience at first team level for Manchester United and certainly hasn’t looked out of place in the games that I’ve seen him in.
However I must admit that I’m not sure if this move would suit him, purely because the Blades have an embarrassment of riches in the final third of the pitch.
Of course United would expect him to be a regular starter if they loaned him there but with all the competition that exists in the squad, there is a chance that he would have to settle for a place on the bench.
Overall this could be a bit of a no-go unless the Blades get rid of some of their existing options first.
But fair play to the club if they did pull this out of the bag, as it would be arguably one of the signings of the summer.