Amad returned to training this week after a spell away competing at the Olympics.
The Ivory Coast winger is a special talent who United have high hopes for, but he has played very little football in his career to date.
For Atalanta before he signed with United he made only five appearances prior to United splashing out on him, and in the second half of last season he made eight appearances for the Red Devils.
Amad has potential to reach the very top, and to do this, he needs to play. As a result United are considering sending him out on loan this season, and unsurprisingly there are several clubs interested.
So what actually would be the best option for United when it comes to Amad? Here is a look at what each of the three clubs could offer…
Pros: Crystal Palace have a leg-up on the other two clubs because they an offer Amad a chance to play Premier League football. United can get a clearer picture of where Amad is at, based on his performances, and he will be better prepared to return to Old Trafford to make an impact in 2022. He might even be able to take a few points off United’s competitors in the process.
Cons: Palace began the season poorly with a 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea and they could face a tough campaign under Patrick Vieira, inexperienced as a Premier League manager as he steps into Roy Hodgson’s shoes. This hurt United previously when Timothy Fosu-Mensah was loaned to Palace and Frank de Boer was fired after a month. Is throwing Amad into a potential relegation battle the right move, and could he be more guaranteed to start games regularly elsewhere?
Pros: United have a good recent history loaning to Sheffield United, sending Dean Henderson to the club for two seasons. The Blades are among the favourites to win promotion and Amad will be going into a side expected to win games regularly. Competition for places will be easier and there are more matches, so Amad should play more frequently. If it goes well, Amad could be winning promotion, and potentially set himself up for a second loan at the club next season.
Cons: The biggest downside is that Amad would be playing in the Championship. Even if he does well, does that really tell United enough? James Garner’s strong performances at Nottingham Forest have not really pushed him forward in the United pecking order. Amad will likely need a second season out on loan. The sometimes clunky nature of the Championship could be a culture shock for Amad, and he may not respond to it well. He has shown already he can score against AC Milan. Does he really need to test himself against Blackpool and Barnsley?
Pros: The chance to sign with Basel could be very tempting for United. They finished second in the Swiss league last season and Amad could get the chance to compete for a title. Amad will also get the chance to play Europa League football if he joins the club. Playing for one of Switzerland’s top teams, Amad could rack up some good numbers for goals and assists and really build up his confidence.
Cons: The lack of quality and variety in Switzerland’s top league may end up counting against Basel. Amad needs to learn more about English football, the stadiums, the tactics, and he won’t get that playing out in Basel. This loan may risk him not being prepared enough to challenge at United next season.
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