First January deal for Man Utd could be the departure of a player who has scored 14 goals

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It’s clear that Erik ten Hag and his squad need to hit the ground running in 2024. Any business done in the transfer market may reflect upon how well they do. They are currently 6th on the Premier League table, but already 11 points behind first-placed Liverpool. One player that’s almost certain not to be at the club beyond the winter transfer window is Amad Diallo.

The 21-year-old has scored an impressive 14 goals whilst on loan at Sunderland. According to Football Insider, he is likely to be loaned out again, but this time to Southampton.

The youngster hasn’t lived up the expectations

Amad Diallo was touted as a future United great when signing from Atalanta back in 2021. However, he is yet to make a mark at the Old Trafford. He was sent on loan to the Rangers in the second half of the 21/22 season, but didn’t do well enough. For the 2022/23 season, he was sent on loan to Sunderland where he was decent. He scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for the Championship side.

He is currently with Manchester United, but hasn’t featured this season due to a knee injury. Moreover, with the Red Devils going through a tough period at present, it’s not the right time for him to be brought into the first-team picture.

Amad Diallo needs gametime to prove himself

If Amad Diallo wants to be a regular for Manchester United, he needs to prove himself first. Southampton are in fourth place in the Championship at present, and represent a decent place for the youngster to continue his footballing education.

Whether Diallo will ever be considered good enough to play for United’s first team is a debatable point, but one thing is for certain, that he has a lot of time to blossom and live up to the promise he showed at Atalanta.

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