10 goal contributions in 5 under-23 games: United have made a great decision to loan Amad out for a bigger challenge

Amad’s short-term future has been decided, with Manchester United agreeing a deal to send the winger on loan to Rangers.

We had written this week that United needed to make a decision with Amad. The youngster is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and the first half of this season has been wasted, due to a combination of bad luck with injury and simply being overlooked. So this deal is a positive move all round.

The opportunity at Rangers is a good one

Rangers will give him the perfect balance of a multi-faceted challenge. He will get to experience the harshness of the British cold weather and at times physical opposition. This will give him a chance to prove he is not too lightweight, and he can prove a lot more than if he were to head to warmer more technical league elsewhere on the continent.

At the same time, he will be managed by Giovanni van Bronckhorst, former Feyenoord boss, who wants to play an attacking brand of football. Amad can play in a title challenging team, playing meaningful games with real stakes, and could end the season with a league winners’ medal. This is much better than signing for a relegation scrapper in England.

Then there is the carrot of Europa League football, against Borussia Dortmund no less. Rangers will be underdogs for the knockout ties, yet this is a great stage for Amad to make an impact and shine with everybody watching. It’s the perfect blend of opportunity for him at the right stage of his career.

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Amad hit a wall at United

Amad was beginning to get stuck at United. He was viewed as too good for the under-23s and yet not good enough to hold down a regular first team place. Or if he is good enough, the coaches were not willing to give him the chances.

In the past 12 months he has only been selected for five under-23 matches, and in those games, he has 10 goal contributions, with six goals and four assists. These came in games against Liverpool, Blackburn, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Leeds.

The young players he featured alongside were elevated by his talent. Shola Shoretire scored his first ever under-23 hat-trick when Amad was in the side laying on passes for him. And while United could have continued to do go down this route and let him stack up numbers, he just wasn’t being challenged enough, and this move on loan to Rangers will elevate his development no matter how it pans out.

The Rangers view

We spoke to Rangers News site editor Cameron Willis to get the lowdown on the perception of Amad and the hopes for the young attacker at Ibrox.

Willis said: “Creativity and spark is something we have lacked at times and having that player who can get bums off seats is welcome as we look to retain the Scottish Premiership title.It also gives the entire club a lift – Amad will technically become the most expensive player in Scottish football history in terms of transfer fees when he plays for Rangers and the hype around him has created a buzz.

“There are some doubts surrounding Amad’s lack of first-team exposure – with Rangers and Ibrox an unforgiving place if things aren’t going well – but we’re hopeful the kid will grab his chance. There’s a good, positive group of players at Ibrox and we’re sure he’ll fit right in.

“It’s a good move for United too; they’ve obviously got ambitions of challenging for titles and Amad will have to play with the mentality and pressure to win every single week with constant media coverage, whilst we have a huge match with Dortmund on the horizon.

“If the hype is to be believed, then the stage is set for Amad to go on and impose himself in Scotland and take the step in his development and the Scottish Premiership should be delighted to have secured someone of his talent, even if it’s for a short spell. If things go well – who knows – perhaps the option of potential Champions League football and the opportunity to play regularly in a settled, winning squad might see Amad stay at Ibrox next season too.”

Amad’s fantastic career start

  1. Amad scored on his Atalanta debut

    Amad made an instant impression scoring in a 7-1 win for Atalanta on his Serie A debut in 2019.

  2. Too good for United under-23s

    In three games for Manchester United under-23s, Amad scored three goals and provided four assists.

  3. Europa League star

    Amad scored in his third ever Europa League game, netting an opening goal against AC Milan.

  4. Premier League impact

    Amad provided an assist on his first ever Premier League start, setting Mason Greenwood up for a goal against Leicester.

  5. International hero

    On just his second international appearance, Amad scored a matchwinning free-kick for Ivory Coast against Burkina Faso.

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