Amad Diallo told he can alter Ten Hag opinion and make Man Utd breakthrough with one simple adaptation
Amad Diallo is being regularly reminded of some important advice on how to improve while he is on loan away from Manchester United.
Sunderland signed Amad for the 2022-23 Championship season during the summer transfer window. After a loan spell with Rangers last season, he will hope to use this latest stint to his benefit.
The winger, however, is yet to start a match in the Championship. All four of his appearances for Sunderland so far have come from the bench. He is yet to record a goal or assist.
Diallo has been making an impression on Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray – in training, at least. However, Mowbray believes there are still elements of his game that need a bit of finetuning.
While admitting Amad’s ability and potential as a Manchester United player is clear, the Sunderland boss has recommended he shows more initiative in the final third to reach the next level.
“He’s just a young boy really, but he’s supremely talented,” Mowbray said. “To see his touch, and see how fast and direct he is, it’s a lovely thing to watch on the training pitch.
“You see how talented he is, and you can see why he’s at Man Utd. But you can also understand why he’s out on loan, to develop the core materials you need to be a competitive footballer. He needs to find a better end product.
“He has all this soft, lovely feet and brilliant skills. But he needs to shoot when he gets in the box. When he sees the goal, he needs to shoot, and he needs to add goals and assists to his name.
“It’s not enough just to be a lovely footballer who can dribble and go past people, but never have an end product. That’s the message, yet it’s not a simple one.
“You have to keep repeating it to him all the time. We have to drill into him that we want him to shoot and get in the box. Can he score a scruffy goal; can he get a rebound off the goalie?
“We have to get him into those positions. But when it all clicks for him, he’s going to be some footballer because he’s got every attribute you want.”
Amad Diallo must use loan spell to his advantage
Still only 20 years old, Diallo has a contract with Manchester United that lasts until 2025. Hence, after his spell with Sunderland comes to a conclusion, there will still be a couple of years for him to fight for his place at Old Trafford.
As Mowbray has acknowledged, though, he might have to supply more end product to reach the standards required by one of the Premier League’s most ambitious clubs.
He did manage to get three goals from 13 Rangers appearances. But the Ivory Coast international only had one goal and one assist from nine outings for Manchester United before then.
The current season could be crucial for his development and subsequent chances of fulfilling his potential. Manchester United will surely be keeping tabs on how their asset is developing over time.
For now, though, his focus is with Sunderland. It is up to Mowbray to help get something more out of him.
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