Diogo Dalot had a mixed first season at Manchester United, but there was enough to be positive about.
After an injury interrupted start to the campaign he begun to impress, looking solid and defence and bright in attack. Crossing appears to be one of his strengths, and United didn’t use him enough.
He shone at times in an attacking role too, showing versatility to play in midfield. His performance away at PSG was the high point.
The biggest low was his failure to unseat Ashley Young as first choice right-back, leaving United still looking to the transfer market in the position this summer.
Dalot is dreaming big, and wants to reach the very top. You can’t fault his ambition, which came across in a new interview.
Quoted by United’s official website, Dalot said: “When you lay down on your bed and you dream of the future, you dream of being one of the best right-backs in the world, being a reference for everyone.
“But that’s when you are in bed. When you wake up, you just need to put your feet on the ground and start working again, because every day is a fight for me. I think that’s the right way.”
Dalot’s words are just the right balance of ambition and realism. He has a long way to go.
It’s interesting to note from his comments that he still considers himself a right-back first, rather than a winger. He added that he regards Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol, because of the professional on and off pitch approach he takes, in addition to his supreme talent.
Dalot is only 20 and has a big future ahead. Let’s hope next season he can really kick on and start becoming one of the best in the Premier League.
He can worry about the ‘world’ after that.