Three reasons Manchester United should consider Paco Alcacer

Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer wants to leave the club in the current transfer window, according to Sky Sports.

The Spanish international will reportedly consider a move to England this month.

And Manchester United remain in the hunt for a new goalscorer, having lost out on Erling Haaland, who has joined Dortmund, helping force Alcacer out.

So here’s three reasons why a swoop for Alcacer might be a good idea for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He started the season on fire

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As per Transfermarkt, Alcacer had five goals and an assist from his first four Bundesliga games of the season.

It’s not as if signing Alcacer would be a punt on a player whose best form is a distant memory.

Just months ago, Alcacer was on the kind of form which would make him the envy of managers across Europe.

Last season he scored 18 Bundesliga goals from just 11 starts, and 15 appearances from the bench.

He has the right age and profile

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United have had goalscorers in the shape of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku of late.

But both men, tall, laboured target men are not right for the swift football Solskjaer wants to play.

Alcacer is 26; young enough to keep improving but experienced enough to make a quick impact, industrious and speedy.

Playing for Spain and Dortmund requires a striker to be more than a pure goalscorer; technical quality, work rate and pace are required to get into both those sides.

That’s exactly what United need in any new striker they bring in this month.

Alcacer is playing for his place at Euro 2020

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Alcacer will hope to be a key part of his country’s plans at this summer’s Euro 2020.

If he makes a January move, playing himself back into form to earn his spot as first choice striker in Luis Enrique’s side will likely play a huge part in his thinking.

That should make him a player with a point to prove, not content to sit on the bench, instead coming in to catch the eye by scoring goals on a regular basis.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.