Manchester United move would be too much too soon for Rabbi Matondo
If an deal for expensive deal for Jadon Sancho is not possible, Manchester United will be forced to consider other options.
One put forward as a possibility last month by the Manchester Evening News was a move for Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo.
Matondo followed Sancho by quitting Manchester City for the Bundesliga. But he has had considerably less success.
Matondo is not a regular starter for Schalke and nor has he warranted it. A move to Manchester United would be too much too soon.
Wrong player for right now
Matondo would be signed as a developmental option, a tricky attacker with the potential to become a star.
The problem is that he is not a star right now, and United would need him to be.
We need to be signing an upgrade on Dan James, another developing player, not a player who is behind his fellow Welshman.
Matondo has promise, he shows nice touches in games, but he has little end product, with just one career goal so far.
At just 19, that can change, but United can’t afford to wait. We do not want another year of transition, we want to get closer to a title challenge, and this means signing players who can propel the team forward next season and not in 3-4 years time.
United have played similar to Matondo who deserve opportuntities. Tahith Chong will want more chances, and his form before the break (two assists in his last 64 minutes of football) suggests he may warrant them.
Behind him, academy stars Largie Ramazani and Anthony Elanga could prove to be superior players to Matondo if given the opportunities.
Matondo left City in order to play regular football, and he is gradually working towards that at Schalke.
Moving to United would be too much too soon, and it could stunt his development, with game time required to progress.
While generally speaking it is good to buy players younger and cheaper, than when they are over the hill, in the case of Matondo a middle ground should be found.
If he deserves to be bought by United, let him prove it first, and then the club will find the money if he is really worth it.
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