Manchester United’s deadline day moves for two young wingers added depth at a position which needs it.
While there is no obvious solution on the wing right now, United have six players who are at different stages of fighting to show they should be the future of the club out wide.
While each at different stages of their development, these six players each have aspirations to be first choice on the wing …
Dan James is the most senior of this group of players at 22. He played regularly for the first team last season but has become more of a bit-part player of late.
It is down to him to start seizing his opportunities and convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep faith in him.
James is under pressure from the five youngsters behind him and cannot afford to waste the headstart he has.
The Welshman has four first team goals for United and six assists. He is still young enough to be regarded as a prospect, with scope to develop and improve his game.
Out of sight but not out of mind. Tahith Chong is getting a platform to impress on loan at Werder Bremen.
Chong must use this year to come back stronger and push for a first team place at United next season. The arrival of two young wingers put him under pressure to make this year count.
The 20-year-old has two first team assists for United. He has played 82 competitive minutes for Werder so far, although he has regularly impressed in friendly games.
It is too early to cast judgement on how his loan spell is going at this early stage.
Pellistri signed on deadline day and joins Dan James as the only one of these six likely to feature for the first team by the end of 2020.
The 18-year-old Uruguayan could get thrown in at the deep end, with United registering him for the Champions League squad.
Expectations for the teenager must be kept sensible at first, but the element of surprise could work in his favour.
Pellistri signed a five-year deal and United are invested in him for the long haul.
United committed a big fee to sign Amad Diallo ahead of his arrival at the club in January.
Diallo is regarded as one of the best young wingers in Europe and he can quickly put pressure on the likes of James and Chong.
2021/22 may be the season we see Diallo make more of an impact, but he can give himself a headstart if he can break into the team in the second half of this campaign.
Diallo already has a goal for Atalanta’s first team under his belt after netting on his debut last season.
Swedish winger Anthony Elanga has been consistently impressive for the under-23s this season since being promoted up from the under-18s.
The 18-year-old has pace to burn and could step up to become a back-up for Marcus Rashford on United’s left side.
Elanga deserves to be regarded as highly as Pellistri and Traore and he could have a headstart on both in that he is already in the system and making progress.
He came off the bench for the first team in the friendly with Aston Villa in early September.
More of a long-term play, Shola Shoretire is a player who United are very excited about.
The 16-year-old made his first start at under-23 level last month and United will be looking for him to make progress here over the next couple of seasons.
He featured in the under-19s UEFA Youth League at just 15, and netted in the FA Youth Cup last season.
The other five wingers have a headstart on Shoretire, but at his rate of progress, it is not going to be too long before he is battling them for first team places.
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