Amad made a stunning impact for Manchester United’s under-23 side at the weekend in a 3-2 win over Leeds.
The Ivorian scored two goals and provided one assist to give his team an impressive victory.
This was just Amad’s second appearance of the season and his fifth ever under-23 game for United.
In those matches against Liverpool, Blackburn, Chelsea, Tottenham and Leeds’ under-23 teams, Amad has an unbelievable record averaging two goal contributions per game,
Amad has scored six goals in five games, adding a further four assists for good measure.
Consider that one of these matches was a 1-0 loss to Spurs in which he was kept quiet, and Amad’s 10 goal contributions in the other four matches looks even more striking.
What lies ahead for Amad?
United have two options now and a third option when the calendar turns to January.
The first option is to leave Amad right where he is and let him continue to rack up the numbers and get more playing time in the under-23s.
United also have two UEFA Youth League matches left, for which he is eligible, in which he can further test himself. The team are likely to need him against a strong Villarreal B side which won 4-0 in the previous match.
Last season United kept Facundo Pellistri in the under-23s right until the end of the year before loaning him in January.
The second option is to try to fast-track Amad into the first team, an option reliant on United reverting back to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
This is still tricky though, with both Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho already struggling for starts.
The difference with Amad is the sheer unpredictability and excitement he has to offer. His winning goal in the under-23s against Leeds at the weekend was of the highest quality and he may just have the spark the first team currently lacks.
Whether he gets a chance is probably doubtful, and Amad’s most likely route to relevance this season will be through a loan deal.
Right now he should have been at Feyenoord, instead he got injured right before the deadline. The Mirror reported last month that the Dutch side are still keen on a deal in January.
United will have to arrange this in advance if Amad is called up into the African Nations Cup in January with Ivory Coast.
While a great opportunity with his country, the tournament is badly timed as it would delay his start at his loan club until February if Ivory Coast go all the way. Amad may be better served being left behind, to try and get his club career off the ground.
One way or another, Amad needs a bigger challenge than he is getting in youth football, which he has clearly outgrown. There is only so long United can hold him back.
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