Seven impressive Benjamin Sesko statistics as Manchester United push for deal
Manchester United are negotiating with Red Bull Salzburg over a deal to sign wonderkid Benjamin Sesko, report Sky Sports.
Sesko, 19, is viewed as a solution to United’s lack of striking depth, although the two clubs are apart in terms of transfer fee, at present.
The Slovenian prospect is very highly rated, and United are not the only top club pursuing the young talent.
We pulled together a handful of facts and figures which highlight why United are pushing for Sesko…
Benjamin Sesko statistics
EARLY STARTER: Benjamin Sesko scored his first professional goal at just 16, playing in Austria’s second division.
CUP WINNER: Sesko played a key role as Red Bull Salzburg won the OFB Cup last season, scoring five goals in five matches, including the final.
INTERNATIONAL: The 19-year-old has two international goals already. One was against Malta and the other against a Serbia side featuring Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
CONSISTENCY: Since joining Salzburg, Sesko averages a goal or assist every 86 minutes, per Statman Dave.
ROCKET: Sesko already has 34 professional club goals to his name, including two goals in three competitive matches this season.
DEMOLITION: He featured in the UEFA Youth League last season, scoring three times as Salzburg beat Napoli 7-2 and 5-1.
GOALSCORER: Sesko’s total of 11 goals and six assists last season came while starting just 12 games, the rest he appeared in as a substitute.
The Athletic reported United actually looked at Sesko in 2019 and viewed the £2.5 million to sign him then as ‘excessive’.
This now looks like an error, with Sesko maturing into one of Europe’s top young prospects.
The Mail report Red Bull Salzburg want £55 million for the young forward, which is far, far higher than the fee United could have paid.
But good young strikers are hard to find. United know this, preferring recently to shop around for veterans. This is not a sustainable model, and it’s time to look to youth. It may be more expensive, but the rewards are far greater if the signing pays off.