Man Utd are aiming to improve their squad this summer but there could be value in signing talent from the Championship.
It’s set to be an expensive transfer window for Manchester United this summer but there areas in which they could cut costs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to improve his squad this summer as he aims to build on United’s potential and turn them into Premier League title contenders.
The Norwegian would ideally like to add a winger, central midfielder and playmaker to his ranks and also hasn’t ruled out strengthening his back-line.
However, United’s current top targets – including Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish – are expected to fetch hefty transfer fees with their clubs refusing to lower their demands despite the coronavirus crisis.
United may be forced to look for alternatives as a result and the Championship could be an ideal place to find them, with the division boasting plenty of talented, young players.
Here are five players United could consider after their performances in the Championship this season…
Eberechi Eze, Queens Park Rangers
Eberechi Eze has been one of the most exciting players in the Championship this season as the talented attacking-midfielder has made a habit of leaving defenders tied in knots with his dazzling skill.
The 22-year-old is not all just fancy tricks, however, and he has shown a clinical edge in the attacking third, with 14 goals and eight assists to his name this season.
It’s expected that Eze will make the move to the Premier League this summer, with plenty of clubs said to be interested, and as he’s valued at around £20million he could prove to be a much cheaper option than Aston Villa captain Grealish in the playmaker role.
Ollie Watkins, Brentford
Brentford may have missed out on promotion as they failed to take advantage of their three opportunities to return to the top flight for the first time since 1947, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been a seriously impressive side.
The jewel in their crown has been their attacking trio, spear-headed by striker Ollie Watkins who notched 26 goals on the route to Wembley.
United don’t have much depth up front as it is and are set to lose Odion Ighalo in January when his loan spell expires. Watkins, 24, who is not only a prolific finisher but a tireless worker, could be a solution to that problem.
As a genuine No.9 he would also provide something a bit different to United’s current front three, who all are also comfortable on the flanks as well as in the centre. Continue reading