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What impact can Amad Diallo have as an FPL asset at Manchester United?

Teenage sensation Amad Diallo is finally joining up with Manchester United after agreeing a £40million move in the summer.

After spending all season hoping Borussia Dortmund would lower their asking price for Jadon Sancho, Diallo was one of four players brought in by the Red Devils towards the end of the transfer window.

But anyone thinking of Diallo as a panic buy or a runner’s up prize to the England international could be in for a rude awakening.

The 18-year-old winger has been described by some as a “generational talent” and one of the best players in the world at his age.

He made such an impression at Atlanta in the first half of the season that boss Gian Piero Gasperini was eager to keep him for longer, only for Man United to insist on the move.

This would lead you to believe Diallo will feature straight away in the Man United first-team, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is so far keeping his cards close to his chest.

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“I’ve seen there’s been lots of expectations on Amad and rightly so, an exciting player with fantastic attributes we look forward to developing. It’s important we give him that time to settle in, if it’s in the under-23s or if he looks ready to go into the first team, I don’t know yet.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Prodigy

Not much data exists for us to be able to read much into Diallo’s game, having played just under an hour of senior team football in two appearances.

But already in this time, the youngster got himself onto the scoresheet in Atalanta’s 7-1 demolition of Udinese, cutting in from the right to score with his left foot.

Footage shared widely on social media shows Diallo loves to get the ball on the right hand side before dribbling inside and taking on the full-back.

As for his playing style, former teammates at Atalanta have gone as far as to describe him in the same breath as Lionel Messi.

“He plays like Messi. There are defenders in the first team that sometimes cannot stop him. To stop him in training we have to kick him.”

Papu Gomez

In a piece on The Athletic, Wyscout determine Diallo’s key attributes as excellent close control, a low centre of gravity and lightning quick acceleration.

And far from a one-trick-pony, special mention is given to his ability to go on the outside of the full-back and cross the ball well with his right foot.

According to Wyscout figures, Diallo has attempted 9.01 dribbles per 90 minutes, which is a high amount even for a winger.

The wonderkid is also not fouled very often, showing a hidden strength despite his diminutive appearance and a preference for riding tackles.

All of the above persuaded Solskjaer to part with a large amount for a player relatively untested at senior level, watching him personally in the UEFA Youth League where he terrorised Manchester City.

“We have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game. Manchester United has a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here. It will take him time to adapt but his speed, vision and fantastic dribbling ability will stand him in good stead to make the transition. He is a player with all of the raw attributes that are needed to be an important player for Manchester United in the years to come.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Prospects

Judging by Ole’s words above, it sounds like Diallo is going to be eased in this season, rather than jumping straight in to the first team set-up.

It may be worth noting another promising winger, Facundo Pellistri (£5.2m), signed in the summer, has yet to feature in the Premier League and has mainly been playing at an Under-23 level.

However, should Diallo impress in training and at the lower levels, the Red Devils’ struggles on the right hand side of their attack may force Solskjaer’s hand in introducing Diallo early.

Mason Greenwood (£7.1m) has struggled to replicate the form he showed last season on the right, and his game suggests he is more suited to a role through the middle.

Greenwood below-par and

Marcus Rashford (£9.6m), Dan James (£6.2m) and Juan Mata (£5.8m) have also been trialled with limited success down United’s right-hand side, with Ole even opting to ditch winger completely in some games and move to a midfield diamond.

But the diamond does not look like it will be a long-term solution, with Solskjaer stating on numerous occasions about how he wants his sides to play with pace and width.

And United hit a purple patch of form with Greenwood in the side last season, allowing him and Rashford to cut inside from wide and Anthony Martial (£8.8m) to play through the middle.

Diallo’s game looks like it suits this system perfectly and he could find himself gaining minutes sooner rather than later and in one of the league’s most potent attacks.

Value

Assuming Diallo comes in around the same value as Pellistri, this puts him in direct competition with a budget enablers such as Tomas Soucek (£5.2m) at West Ham and Raphinha (5.5m) of Leeds.

Without more to go on, it’s difficult to make a case to add Diallo to our teams until we get an idea of how Ole is going to incorporate him.

But should Diallo hit the ground running, he may ironically turn into last season’s Mason Greenwood, the man he is tipped to replace on the right-wing.

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1,381 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 15 days ago

    Hope I don't regret getting Saka over Gundo...

    1. doher.ty
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Gundo felt like more of a punt than Saka - if it's close I'll be happy!

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 15 days ago

        I did the opposite so it will 100% work out for you

      • Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 15 days ago

        you will, Gundo can finish, Saka can't.

    2. doher.ty
        1 month, 15 days ago

        Where did all those KDB will 100% be rested go? I want to have a word 😉

        1. Corgzzzz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          Yeah, show your self........Cmon KDB lets do this !!!!

        2. Lindelol
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 15 days ago

          This - everyone posting without source should get temporary ban

          1. doher.ty
              1 month, 15 days ago

              We all make bad calls or say something that ends up being wrong but the number of folks just doing it to do it was sad.

              1. Lindelol
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Such a talk shouldn't be without source

          2. Konstaapeli
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Some men just want to see the world burn...

            1. doher.ty
                1 month, 15 days ago

                100%

          3. Bookkeeper
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 15 days ago

            Thought Mahrez was a cup player only?

            1. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              your fault

            2. doher.ty
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I was trying to fit him in my team but couldn't even come close. Hope he does well for owners.

              • Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Hate to state the obvious - he has played in PL before 😉

            3. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Gundo, KDB and Dias on FH... No Villa, 3 Leeds and 2 Southampton. Still tempted to Bb. Salah, Adams, McCarthy to Sterling, Antonio, De Gea (-8).

            4. Lindelol
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I don't think KDB did anything last time he started as a false 9. It was way back in last season.

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                He scored and got an assist..

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  I don't think so - though I don't remember it clearly.

                  1. Nice to Finally Michu
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Against Chelsea

                    1. Lindelol
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      hmm

              2. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                It was literally last week. He got 14 points against Chelsea.

              3. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                You mean apart from the 13 pts

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Yes I didn't watch the match at all so had no idea of his postion.

              4. Ron_Swanson
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                This is my favourite post of the day

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Hope he scores a hattrick

              5. Neves say Neves
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                I love this site

              6. Von Lipwig
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                hahahahaha

              7. Peter Ouch
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Hahahaha great one

              8. Canarinha
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                u high bro? i want some...why im asking

                1. Lindelol
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  didn't watch the last match 😀

            5. The VAR Team
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 15 days ago

              Seems like lots of people went Sterling. Wasn’t he always a doubt?

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                The same sheep who picked McGoldrick

                1. Krafty Werks
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Bah!! Sterling brace off the bench confirmed!!

              2. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                Not really, just those being more vocal here
                In reality he's in less than 5% of top 10k teams (Gundogan is double that)

              3. F_Ivanovic
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 15 days ago

                He was confirmed fit but against a depleted brighton side it makes sense that Pep wouldn't even bother risking him (even if he is fine) for a full game

                1. The VAR Team
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Okay, missed this. Cheers

            6. Silecro
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 15 days ago

              I am clinging to my silly hope that last time i've had Raz as a captain, it was last year after covid break when he also came from bench and hauled for goal and assist...will happily take assist now

              1. doher.ty
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Could do, I think it's more likely that he stays benched. Who is your VC?

                  1. Silecro
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    Bruno, not much better

                    1. doher.ty
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Oh well! It is what it is! Hopefully, he comes on and gets something for you.

                • Krafty Werks
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Sterling FH punt derailed...grrr, suppose he could still come on late and get a brace?!! A man can only dream?!!

                  1. popey
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 15 days ago

                    ditto its the hope that kills you!

                    1. Krafty Werks
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Haha, it's not over til the fat Gazza sings mate? Thoughts and prayers are with you!!

                • Flair
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  Brief desire to get City offensive assets on FH19 has evaporated bar Gundo

                • Cometh The Aouar...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 15 days ago

                  The Gundy gamble is on!!!

                  1. doher.ty
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      Fingers crossed it comes off for you chaps!

                      1. Cometh The Aouar...
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Cheers dude

                  2. tuturututu
                      1 month, 15 days ago

                      BBing for GW19

                      Meslier, Fabianski
                      Robbo, Stones, Coufal, Justin, Alioski
                      Salah, Bruno, Rashford, Maddison, Soucek
                      Firmino, Bamford, Giroud

                      What do you think ?

                      1. doher.ty
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          I'm sorry but I'm not a fan. Firmino, Giroud, Maddison all seem odd picks to me.

                          1. The VAR Team
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            I’m sorry but I’m not a fan.

                        • Al Moon Yeah
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          Giroud and Maddison massive doubts. The rest look decent.

                      2. Old Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        The year that just keeps on giving. Sterling benched. Thank you God. Not.

                        1. Lindelol
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          ....against those tired legs

                          1. Old Man
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            No, I'm the one with the tired legs. After this latest blow I have a tired old head too.

                        2. diesel001
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          This guy is a good FPL player too (look at the season history). And struggling outside the Top 1m so far this season. Like Lateriser.

                      3. The Hunt
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 15 days ago

                        Wow, what a bizarre game. On a Free Hit and I've got Stones & KDB coming up. However, I need a Brighton goal and a KDB two pointer as my two closest mini league rivals have double City at the back and the armband on Kevin. I've also got Sterling but I'm hoping that he doesn't come on as Ampadu's my first sub. Crazy!

                        1. doher.ty
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            This is why I've stopped checking my mini leagues - Their teams and decision affected my team too much. Stop checking in GW 4 and have gone from 4.5 to 400k.

                          • Konstaapeli
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            😆

                            Would wish you luck if I didn't have double city def and armband on Kevin 😉

                          • FPLShaqiri
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Haha rollercoaster ride for you!

                        2. Hotdogs for Tea
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 15 days ago

                          No way Cancelo will play both games in the double after starts in PL on 3rd, EFL on 6th, FA on 10th, tonight on 13th and 17th & 20th in GW19.

                          1. KAPTAIN KANE
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Is it worth taking the risk going without incase he does though?

                            1. doher.ty
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                This - even though I went stones lol

                              • Hotdogs for Tea
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 5 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                center backs do less running so probably less of a risk.

                                Expect Walker, Mendy, Zinc & Cancelo to share the load over the two easy fixtures in DGW19.

                            2. FPL.team
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Pep keeps saying how Cancelo could play every day if he needed to.

                              1. teneighty
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Pep also said he was tired.

                                I just don't listen to Pep anymore.

                                1. FPL.team
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  1 month, 15 days ago

                                  Wise words my friend.

                            3. COK3Y5MURF
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Walker, Mendy next game

                            4. elwardio
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Only played 45 mins in cup I think which is a bit of a rest at least

                          2. RAFA THE GAFFA
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Is the Soton Leeds game postponed then? Seen a few mentions but not seen any hot topic or anything on sky sports about it

                            1. Original Pirate Material
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              They’ll (Shrews) need to make a decision on it soon if it is to go ahead next week.

                          3. Art Vandelay
                            • 10 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            I just hope Pep roulette doesn't scupper the logic that a rest this week ensures two starts for Sterling in the DGW...

                            That is, of course, no consolation to the FHers.

                            Fingers crossed for something off the bench,

                            Sterling against tired legs...

                          4. JONALDINHO
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            KDB(C), Cancelo and Dias. Do me proud!

                            1. built_this_city
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              same three.

                          5. gooberman
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Sterling benched. Scenes.

                          6. Al Moon Yeah
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            You heard it here first. Bernado Silva will haul tonight. Double-digit score probs. Too bad I was limited by funds but he would've been my third city player if money wasn't an issue. If I was on a free hit he'd been in my team.

                            1. Art Vandelay
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              You heard it here first. Bernardo slight niggle in the warm up...

                            2. F_Ivanovic
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              suppose you put a big bet on then that he'll score?

                              1. Al Moon Yeah
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                Nah, don't do bets

                          7. Gnu
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 11 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Looking back at my previous history when a chip has been played, I can confidently predict that KdB will get injured in the first 30 minutes with Sterling coming on and having a worldly. 😉

                            1. KAPTAIN KANE
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Would cause an absolute FFS meltdown

                            2. Art Vandelay
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              I had TC on him, I think it was last season, when he hobbled off at 30 in the first game (Spurs?)

                              1. Gnu
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 11 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                That sounds about right and fairly typical for me - the curse started with Milner DGW all those years back I think.

                          8. F_Ivanovic
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Sterling could still do a salah, i'm not celebrating anything yet.

                            1. Pep bites Kun
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              You'll be back 20 mins in with the rest of the flock 😉

                          9. PLerix
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Does Leeds and Soton still have a double next week? Read something about their game being postponed?

                            1. FPL.team
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Pretty much guaranteed that no.

                          10. Hazz
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Love that Sterling benching, but he can easily score points if he comes on. Brighton are seaweed.

                          11. SHOOTER MCGINN
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            That Brighton team is so poor. This will be 2-0 City with minimal effort from both sides. Preserving energy and not fighting the inevitable.

                          12. CrouchDown
                            • 8 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            I feel robbed that my GW19 planning is undone.

                            Adams + Dallas > Antonio + Dawson (-4) ?

                          13. Peter Ouch
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            I've got dias kdb cancelo but I am not excited

                            Its one of these Mahrez Gameweeks

                          14. Brosstan
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            KDB (C) fail, Gundo will hover up the points as usual.

                            1. built_this_city
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              lol - games not even started!

                              1. Brosstan
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                1 month, 15 days ago

                                And yet the (C) fail is all but confirmed.

                            2. Hazz
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Having Gundo as well, I'll take that too.

                            3. Von Lipwig
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              let's hope so

                          15. Forza Papac
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Start Wood (whu, liv) or Bamford (BHA)?

                            1. Gudjohnsen
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              Bamford

                            2. JVALDEZ
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 8 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              bam

                            3. Von Lipwig
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              game not canceled yet is it?

                          16. Street Friend
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Got Sterling C instead of having Kane in my team 🙁

                            1. Old Man
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 15 days ago

                              I took Kane out too, missing the price bonus into the bargain, but I didn't captain Sterling - you have my sympathies.

                          17. Krafty Werks
                            • 6 Years
                            1 month, 15 days ago

                            Well at least i'll get Brewster off the bench if Sterling doesn't get a cameo!! (said no one ever).