Manchester United target Goncalo Ramos explains what makes a complete striker

Manchester United began the international break being linked to Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.

Ramos has scored 8 goals in 12 games for Benfica and after netting 14 in 17 for Portugal’s under-21 side, he was called into their national side this break too.

The 21-year-old could become Cristiano Ronaldo’s successor for his country – and for club too.

The Sun report United are monitoring Ramos’s strong start to the season. He is currently said to be valued at £25 million, with a £100 million release clause in his contract.

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Goncalo Ramos playing style

Ramos played last season as a deeper striker supporting Darwin Nunez, and he has since thrived as a bigger focal point of Benfica’s attack.

Yet this experience as a secondary forward has helped Ramos to develop his game, and he has a solid understanding of a role of a modern striker.

Speaking to Mais Futebol, Ramos said: “Increasingly, more is asked of a spearhead to be more complete. People thought that a striker is only there to score goals and the rest doesn’t matter, but I think that over the last few years that image is disappearing a little bit. 

“It is increasingly important for a striker to be more in the game and contribute more to the team, to connect the game, to put pressure on. Often with movements in which you end up in another position and ask for another type of task.”

Ramos’ willingness to press and contribute to the team game will make him even more appealing to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, who is expected to move to sign a striker next summer.

Benfica forward Ramos is an attractive option; he is young, has an eye for goal, and is far more than just a poacher.

He added that he is glad to get the chance up front with Nunez sold to Liverpool for £85 million, commenting: “It’s great now to have the opportunity to play the role I like the most.”

Manchester United must continue to keep track of Ramos, and bidding in January may even be sensible if it looks like his price may rise substantially before the summer.

When United do make a move for a striker, it will be for a profile of forward that Ramos describes, a player who can do more than just score goals, who can link up with the team well, and contribute off the ball.

If he can keep up his good form, the Portuguese forward could be in pole position for a move to Old Trafford.

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