Manchester United urgently need to make a plan for Amad or risk wasting his talent

One year ago Manchester United fans were giddy with excitement over the arrival of Amad from Atalanta, with the youngster beginning to settle in.

It was the end of last January when Amad made his first appearance in a United shirt, playing for the under-23s in a 6-4 win over Liverpool. He lived up to the billing with two goals, to whet the appetite for what may lie ahead.

12 months on the mood is less excitement, and more concern. Worry that United are at risk of squandering the talent of one of Europe’s brightest players.

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What’s gone wrong?

Amad’s end to last season was fairly promising. He started two Premier League matches and looked bright, and also scored against AC Milan in the Europa League.

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He even scored a winner for Ivory Coast as he stepped up on international duty. The future looked promising.

Then the summer set him back. He missed out on pre-season as he went on Olympic duty with Ivory Coast. The team failed to win a medal, and United hastily tried to arrange a loan. An unfortunate injury saw a proposed deal to Feyenoord fall through.

This was frustrating because Amad was back in training by mid-October and has had a wasted few months. He has played in one under-23 game (in which he scored one and provided two assists) and one first team game against Young Boys.

But while teammate Anthony Elanga also started that game and has since gone onto play a prominent role, Amad has not seen the first team since.

He made the bench for the FA Cup third round win over Aston Villa earlier this month, and that was it. It’s clear interim boss Ralf Rangnick does not yet consider him ‘first team ready’.

In addition to this, talk of a potential exit has gone quiet. Back on January 9, Fabrizio Romano reported Amad had four different loan offers. A day later The Telegraph reported United were due to make a decision ‘this week’ over which club to send Amad to. But there has been nothing since.

Rumours have dried up, and it’s uncertain if Amad will even be going out on loan at all at this rate. The MEN report United hope to find a club for him before deadline, a move is just no further along than it was a fortnight ago.

Amad’s stock has been reduced to one of a talented player who is a ‘lucky mascot‘ in training, who never gets the chance to play. He was not selected in Ivory Coast’s AFCON group either, and did not feature in either of the under-23 games so far in 2022.

One possibility was that Amad is injured, but this does not seem to be the case. He was pictured in first team training on January 21.

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So what is next for Amad?

United cannot risk squandering Amad’s talent. The winger is a special player, regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, and he faces the possibility of a lost season. All the positive progress he made at the end of last year has been undone.

Some fans have concerns that Amad is too brittle for the Premier League, that he needs to strengthen. A loan to the Championship would give him the chance to answer these questions and prove himself.

If United find a club for Amad to move on loan to before the deadline, it is for the best of everybody. He can showcase his talents and pick up experience.

In the case that Amad stays, it’s a little more concerning. If he stays with a view to playing, that’s fine, but there has been no indication he will be considered regularly.

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Anthony Martial’s exit should in theory open up an attacking spot in the squad, so there may be some hope for Amad if he stays, we just lack confidence in United to actually give him a chance given his lack of usage since the Young Boys game.

Too many players have arrived at United over the years and failed to fulfil their potential. There were such high hopes for Amad, that we don’t want the same to happen to him. United need to make a plan for him, urgently.

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