Tony Mowbray has warned Manchester United that Sunderland loanee Amad Diallo currently has ‘no end product’ but that when it ‘all clicks’ they will have ‘some footballer’ on their hands.
The winger is showcasing his talents in the Championship at the Stadium of Light, but Mowbrays reports that he still has plenty to do regarding his end product in games.
Amad has found first-team chances at United tough to come by after arriving from Atalanta in 2021. In all, he has made nine appearances for the club and was loaned out to Rangers last season.
Following Erik ten Hag’s arrival, the Dutchman decide the 20-year-old would benefit more from a temporary spell away from the club again.
And, according to Sunderland boss Mowbray, that was a wise decision.
Mowbray said: “He’s just a young boy really, but he’s supremely talented.
“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.”
The Red Devils splashed out £37million to land Amad and will be hoping he fulfills his potential soon.
One vital aspect missing for Amad
Indeed, while Mowbray has seen plenty that he likes, it’s that decision-making that is critical.
The Black Cats boss added, in a report from the Daily Express: “He has all these 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.
“When it all clicks for him, he’s going to be some footballer because he’s got every attribute you want.”
That last line will certainly be music to the ears of Ten Hag and Manchester United.
To invest that much money in a younger player and then see him completely flop would be a disaster.
Money is expected to be a bit tighter over the next two windows, due to the £215m summer spend. So any players you can make the breakthrough that are already on the books would be hugely beneficial for the club.
United are next in action on Thursday afternoon when they take on Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League. Their next Premier League fixture is a trip to Everton on Sunday evening.