Manchester United And Youri Tielemans: Can It Work?6 min read
Ole Gunnar Solskjær boldly said before the end of the season that he expected all transfer business to be concluded before pre-season starts for the upcoming campaign. With only one player – Daniel James of Swansea – to have been purchased so far, the Norwegian’s demand appears to have fallen on deaf ears.
With multiple positions to recruit for, as well as attempting to ship players out the door, the Red Devils have an incredible amount of work to do with pre-season just around the corner. The likelihood is, of course, that Solskjær will not have his way and business will have to continue until early August when the international transfer window closes.
Speculation, as ever, is rife around the future of Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman opening up while on a promotional tour in Tokyo stating that he thinks it is time for ‘a new challenge’ away from Old Trafford. Whether or not that move happens for the World Cup winner remains to be seen, but Manchester United simply have to be prepared and have options lined up for their midfield.
After letting Ander Herrera walk away on a free transfer this summer, it is clear that the Red Devils will be in the market for a replacement as such. Names have flown around from Portugal, France, Spain and everywhere else, but it is Youri Tielemans that might just have the most impact on the team.
It is said that the Belgian has been put forward by his representatives this summer only to be rebuffed and placed on the shortlist that continues to grow in length every day. The Belgium international has enjoyed a stellar six months in the midlands with Leicester City, who are working extremely hard in trying to close the permanent deal before they are outgunned by the league’s top six.
While the 22-year-old might have stagnated slightly at AS Monaco after moving from RSC Anderlecht, it was not such an easy task standing out and flourishing in a side that had been on the decline after stripping its assets year-on-year.
The last six months have bolstered Tielemans’ stock once more and with good reason. Three goals and four assists in his 13 appearances for the Foxes suggests he has plenty more in his locker to give – especially after now having the experience of the Premier League to hand.
Tielemans is a clever player that finds himself in cute positions in between the lines when his team are on the front foot. With the ball at his feet, the spatial awareness and intelligence is apparent, as the Belgian spins on a sixpence and looks at what is in front of him to either supply the threaded ball or take the shot on.
Youri Tielemans: "We'll see which club it will be. The only thing I can see is that things are moving. A lot of clubs have shown interest and we'll see in the next few weeks which club it will be." #mulive
— utdreport (@utdreport) June 6, 2019
The Belgium international’s array of passing has been a joy to watch and is something that Manchester United need to vary their attacking displays. At too many times last season were the Red Devils predictable in their transitional play, as well as when the opposition deployed a low block.
Tielemans would provide imagination and a sense of purpose. With his quick-wittedness and ability to drive at defences, he is a player that Manchester United have to seriously consider this summer. AS Monaco have confirmed they are open to selling and do not expect him to return to the south of France, which opens the doors for the Red Devils to secure his signature.
Even if Pogba decides to stay come the start of the season, Solskjær needs more midfielders that have a spark to their game that can ignite Manchester United. Tielemans has shown his worth over these past six months and, at 22, would be a player that can aid the club’s revival over the forthcoming years.