Amad Diallo looks set to cement his place in the Manchester United squad after impressing at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics with the Ivory Coast national team. The right-wing teenager assisted the Ivory Coast’s winning goal in their first win against Saudi Arabia in Yokohama.
The 19-year-old had signed for Manchester United from Italian Atalanta in the 2021 winter transfer window and has gone on to make intermittent appearances with the Red Devils, with the club preaching patience throughout.
In a summer in which the Old Trafford team acquired Jadon Sancho to reinforce their squad, Diallo’s task is cut in Manchester next season.
As you continue your journey with your national team in Japan, FootTheBall analyzes the adolescent’s homework for the start of the new season in England.
AMAD DIALLO IMPRESSES BY THE IVORY COAST AT THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
The 19-year-old is part of the Ivory Coast U23 team that will go head-to-head with soccer heavyweights Brazil and Germany in Group D.
The elephants hope to finish second and qualify for the knockout phase of the soccer tournament at the Summer Olympics. But they will have to be at their best to achieve it.
And, Diallo may be the key that unlocks the defenses of Brazil and Germany in their next matches. The Manchester United winger teamed up with Franck Kessie of the Ivory Coast in the Ivory Coast’s opening match against Saudi Arabia.
Diallo made a slaloming run down the right flank, slicing inside and tricking three players into throwing a perfect pass to Kessie. The AC Milan midfielder stepped off his marker to drive the ball home for the winning goal in the lower right corner with a sweet shot.
Diallo only turned 19 years old earlier this month, but he has received tips for more important things with his national team. Eric Bailly, the Manchester United center-back, also wants to be central to the Ivory Coast’s hopes in Japan (being one of the three surplus players allowed).
One must wait and watch how Diallo performs for Côte d’Ivoire in the next two group stage matches, as both the Brazilians and Germans will offer a substantially difficult test compared to Saudi Arabia.
If indeed, Amad Diallo continues at the same pace for the remaining games in Japan, he has the possibility of becoming a substitute for Jadon Sancho at the Theater of Dreams.
AMAD DIALLO READY TO DEMONSTRATE ITS VALUE BEFORE THE 2021-22 SEASON
After arriving in England during the winter transfer window, Amad Diallo has been on the sidelines at Old Trafford. The Ivorian joined a five-year contract with the option to extend it for one more year.
Since January 2021, he has represented Manchester United in the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League 2 (league division for Under-23 club teams).
– Amad🇨🇮 (@ Amaddiallo_19) January 25, 2021
He scored his first goal for Manchester United in the Europa League round of 16 against AC Milan and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Diallo also gave his first assist in the Premier League when he groomed compatriot Mason Greenwood during his debut match in England’s top fight.
The goal has the unique distinction of an instance of two teenagers combining to score for the first time in Premier League history in 15 years.
As such, Amad Diallo has shown in the limited opportunities that have come his way that he is capable of filling the right-back position and can be an excellent player coming off the bench to rescue the team in difficult situations.
WILL AMAD DIALLO FIGHT FOR A PLACE ON THE SOLSKJAER TEAM SHEET?
What now remains to be seen is how well he can perform at the Olympics with Brazil and Germany, Ivory Coast’s next opponents, and whether the teenager will be able to meet Manchester United next season in England and Europe.
Jadon Sancho certainly tops the list for starting as a Red Devils right-back in every game he’s fit to play in, but all eyes will be on Amad Diallo to see if he can win No. 2 place to the right.
What is clear is that Diallo is not intimidated by the competition he faces in the Theater of Dreams, but will be working to earn a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team card. For United, it’s a headache that they would love to have as they could end up with two capable options for a position on the field they had none until last season.