Manchester United’s stuttering pursuit of Frenkie de Jong might drive the membership to suppose outdoors the field in in search of midfield reinforcement.
Erik ten Hag has already spoken of his need to get the “proper one” in for the deep playmaker function, which appears an extremely thinly veiled manner of claiming “De Jong or bust.”
He has additionally dedicated to “develop one in that place” ought to the membership fail to recruit such a participant this summer time.
And based on The Athletic, amongst United’s present midfielders, the one most able to “turning into De Jong” is James Garner.
The promising teen has returned from a profitable mortgage spell at Nottingham Forest, the place he helped them to safe promotion to the Premier League.
In line with information from Smarterscout, final season the 21-year-old was rated at 80 out of 99 for progressive passing potential when adjusted for Premier League customary.
Working the ball up the pitch is strictly the place United have struggled over the previous couple of seasons, with Scott McTominay and Fred typically ineffective in beating a press and feeding attackers.
As identified by Carl Anka and Mark Carey, Garner would wish to be taught “when and the place to counter-press and be extra brave when dribbling via crowded Premier League midfields,” had been he to aspire to the function De Jong performed beneath Ten Hag at Ajax.
Underneath Steve Cooper, the younger midfielder was tasked with a extra direct sport, with a heavy deal with sustaining form on the expense of concerted strain.
That has had an have an effect on on his passing accuracy and ball restoration charge (80.67% and 5.5 recoveries per 90 minutes respectively), and one would hope that in a extra possession-centric aspect he might enhance these numbers.
However it should take work on the coaching floor if he’s to actually stake a declare for a beginning place.
In that regard, he has not had the most effective of begins, having solely simply been built-in into first crew coaching prior to now week.
He has, nonetheless, spoken of his need to impress the brand new supervisor and is anticipated to seize any alternative with each palms.
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