Recent rumours have linked Mame Biram Diouf with a loan move away from Manchester United. Is a loan move good or bad idea for the Senegalese?
Diouf possesses pace, a good spring (useful in the air) and is a cool finisher. After hiss debut I was unsure what we had signed. His touch and passing was poor, but nerves understandably played a factor. Since his debut, Diouf has mainly featured for the reserves and has scored goals with differing and well taken finishes, including a hat-trick against Sunderland in his first start. Unfortunately, his season was curtailed early due to injury. With injuries to Rooney and Owen, he probably would have featured more for the first team alongside Berbatov in a time when the Bulgarian struggled to fulfil the lone striker role.
Rooney is likely to start in bigger games in a lone striker striker whilst against lesser teams Sir Alex has generally preferred a 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 formation. As a result of World Cup and protection from burnout I believe Rooney will play fewer games next season plus the likelihood of injuries others are likely to receive an opportunity. I’m not sure of the stat, but I’d be interested to know the split between the number of games where we played 4-4-2 compared to 4-5-1 for last season? I’m guessing we played 4-4-2 more often. If we follow this trend during the 2010/11 season opportunities are likely to arise for the seven strikers at the club. Competition will be intense, not necessarily for a starting role but a spot on the substitute’s bench. With two out of the seven spots available likely to be filled by forwards. Two of Owen, Hernandez, Diouf and Macheda are likely to miss out.
Where is Diouf in Man United’s pecking order? Here is how view the situation for start of season:
Obviously this pecking order is likely to change as the season progresses taking into account form and injuries. With Hernandez impressing in South Africa he has pushed his claims to be in contention. So at 22, where does this leave Diouf, a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described as a fantastic potential? Is a loan move ideal as it will allow him to gain first team experience? However, in his absence another striker may leap frog him in pecking order and as a consequence Sir Alex Ferguson may decide his services are no longer required.
Do you think Diouf has the potential to be a future Manchester United player?