Three reasons to be cautious over Manchester United bound Amad Diallo

Amad Diallo is preparing for his long awaited move to Manchester Untied.

United are awaiting a work permit to be approved so his transfer can go ahead in January [MEN].

The wait has increased anticipation over Diallo, who is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in world football.

The hype is understandable – but it is worth just stepping back from that for a moment and preaching caution ahead of his big move.

Here is a look at three reasons not to expect much right away from the teenager…


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Work permit not done yet

United announced the agreement for Diallo on deadline day in October, pending a work permit.

Ideally this would be complete by now. But Diallo’s case is a complicated one, with Calciomercato detailing the background on how he was brought into Italy with a different name.

While it should go through, it might not be signed off on January 1, or even in time for Diallo to play any role in the FA Cup game a week later.

With new Brexit legislation complicating matters further, there is a possibility Diallo’s move takes slightly longer than expected to sign off.

Lack of first team football

Diallo will likely go into the under-23 squad at first in order to adjust to life in England away from the spotlight.

He has not played much for Atalanta in 2020, making just two substitute appearances this season.

This is an issue which leads to a lack of fitness, and also a lack of know-how at first team level.

United will be reluctant to throw him straight in at the deep end at first team level

Pellistri ahead of him

Diallo is not the only new signing in the first team queue. Facundo Pellistri is currently paying his dues with the under-23s.

Pellistri has adapted well, scoring three goals and providing one assist in six games.

He is showing he is capable of stepping up, and Diallo could take his place in the under-23 set up.

Diallo will be urged to follow Pellistri’s example. The Uruguayan will be ahead of him in the pecking order, and even if Diallo might be a better player, he will first have to prove it.

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