Few Manchester United followers and positively nobody inside Erik ten Hag’s interior circle may have predicted this after securing Champions League soccer this summer time. That Rasmus Hojlund, the scorer of 9 targets in 32 video games for Atalanta final season, finds himself as Manchester United’s No 1 putting goal.
This in a season when Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Goncalo Ramos can be found. Kylian Mbappe can also be on the market too. All prepared to maneuver for the best value. Bother is for United and Ten Hag the best value must be the tight value owing to FFP guidelines limiting their summer time finances to round £120million.
Contemplating they’ve spent £116m of it Mason Mount and Andre Onana, except they’re shifting Harry Maguire, Anthony Elanga, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Fred in a hasty firesale within the subsequent few weeks, they’re the place they’re.
If they’re fortunate and shift a couple of of the spares they are able to stretch to Hojlund at £50m plus add-ons however solely so long as they’ll recoup the identical quantity. It’s a tough balancing act with regard to the timings with transfers not straightforward issues to rearrange.
The larger query is whether or not Hojlund, 20, is the best alternative for anybody other than the finance division. He could be the subsequent massive factor however there’s a fairly convincing argument that he couldn’t be. That he’s unproven on the highest stage isn’t an enormous downside given his age – he can definitely enhance on what he has completed to this point in Serie A.
Presumably Christian Eriksen has given a thumbs-up from Denmark obligation after his six targets in 4 video games in Euro qualifying towards Finland, Kazakhstan and Slovenia. However likelihood is if United carry him to Previous Trafford he’s going to take a while to acclimatise to the tempo and depth of the Premier League.
An answer to Manchester United’s lack of targets – they scored fewer than all the remainder of the highest six in addition to Tottenham – is nearer at hand. And whereas it will not clear up their rapid downside, if they’ll muddle by to January with what the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford firing some residence, it may very well be a masterstroke.
Ivan Toney is banned from aggressive soccer till January 16 subsequent 12 months however United executives must be approaching the Brentford striker’s representatives now to safe his signature for January. Earlier than his eight-month ban for 232 betting offences, he had fired his method to an England cap with some commanding performances for the Bees.
He scored 21 targets in 35 appearances in all competitions (20 within the Premier League) final season together with towards Manchester Metropolis (scoring two and dominating the treble winners defence), Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham and Brighton. In Brentford’s annihilation of Ten Hag’s facet within the second sport of the season he was very good offering two assists.
With one other two years on his contract in west London Toney would command a charge someplace within the area of £50m, comparable with Hojlund. No pun meant given his present troubles, there is no such thing as a doubting which of the 2 could be the higher guess.