Harry Maguire’s Manchester United move leaves United overstocked at centre-back.
It’s been a case of quantity over quality largely, and ideally one of Phil Jones or Marcos Rojo can be moved on.
What we can’t do is loan out Axel Tuanzebe this season.
Tuanzebe was given a chance in pre-season and he has taken it.
He has re-adapted quickly to United and looks like a first team player. He’s ready now, and does not need a loan.
Tuanzebe shone at Aston Villa last season, but they appear to have accepted they won’t be getting him back, signing three centre-backs this summer.
Newcastle were last week linked with a move by The Mail. Steve Bruce originally signed him for Villa last summer.
We fear a Tuanzebe loan could be included as part of a late deal for Sean Longstaff.
Maguire’s £80 million arrival certainly impacts Tuanzebe’s role. He won’t be first choice, but there are enough games to go around.
Tuanzebe, 21, will get chances in the Europa League too. This could be far more beneficial than a loan stint in the Premier League.
Eric Bailly’s injury means Tuanzebe is competing with Chris Smalling to be third choice centre-back at United.
That’s a huge improvement on his status a year ago and shows how far he has come.
Tuanzebe needs to stay and develop at United, not elsewhere. His impressive pre-season displays should have earned him that right.
United need to get this decision right. It looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes in him, but we’ll feel a whole lot better once the deadline passes and Tuanzebe is still a United player.
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