It is no secret that Manchester United will prioritize a new ‘number 9’ during the summer window. While the likes of Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen remain the prime targets, AS Roma ‘number 9’ Tammy Abraham has also emerged as an alternative as claimed by The Telegraph in a recent article.
The Red Devils have splashed significant money to reclaim the lost status both in England and Europe. They are finally showing some spark under Erik ten Hag and the owners are expected to back him once again prior to the upcoming term. According to the Daily Mail, investors from Qatar are likely to make a bid in the coming days ahead of a potential takeover and the funding from the Middle East should see them lure in high-profile names who would serve the club for years.
Abraham is a well-known figure in the Premier League circuit. He progressed through the youth ranks of Chelsea before breaking into their senior side back in 2016. After impressing on loan at Bristol City and Aston Villa in the second tier, the Englishman was handed a first-team status by then-boss Frank Lampard. Although his previous season-long spell in the Premier League (with Swansea City) did not work out, an 18-goal campaign at Stamford Bridge earned him accolades in the top flight of English football.
However, the exit of Lampard impacted his game time and the Three Lions international eventually left for Roma in the summer of 2021. He scored 27 goals during the 2021-22 season and played a major role in their Europa Conference League triumph under Jose Mourinho. Abraham has flourished his skills in Serie A, and therefore, might opt for a move to Old Trafford to exhibit his poaching traits.
Ten Hag, who prefers a targetman to spearhead the attack, secured the services of Wout Weghorst for the remainder of the ongoing term. But the Dutchman is only a short fix, particularly after Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial departure.
Why Manchester United Should Prefer A Bigger Star
Manchester United have bolstered themselves in the centre of the pitch as well as down the flanks during the summer window. Having said that, the spending spree must continue to strengthen the other areas, including high up the pitch where they lack enough quality compared to fellow title rivals. Abraham would be a decent signing given his Premier League experience, but the English heavyweights must tie down someone with a greater profile or higher ceiling. Kane and Osimhen are miles ahead of the Roma striking ace and the club should only consider the 25-year-old as a squad option if they step up interest in the due course of time.