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Update On The Future Of This On-Loan Manchester United Forward: What Should Ten Hag Do?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, transfer insider Dean Jones offered an update on the future of on-loan Manchester United forward Wout Weghorst. Jones revealed that the Red Devils have a 50% chance of signing the Dutch forward permanently from Burnley as he said,

“I’d probably give it 50%. United like him in this setup because they believe he’s a big reason why Rashford has come into such top form this calendar year, but you’ve got to weigh that up with the fact that he doesn’t score enough goals. Also, he’s a Burnley player and they’re about to be promoted back to the Premier League. They intend to fully weigh up that situation and have a chat with him about any options and considerations he might have for his personal career with them.”

Weghorst’s Loan Spell At Old Trafford

Weghorst is having a loan spell of mixed emotions as he has played a prominent role in Erik ten Hag’s squad but has struggled to be consistent with his productivity in the final third.

The Dutch forward has scored two goals and grabbed three assists in 20 appearances for Man United during this campaign across all competitions.

Wout Weghorst
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MARCH 27: Wout Weghorst of Netherlands stands for the national anthem prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying round group B match between Netherlands and Gibraltar at De Kuip on March 27, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Weghorst has done well to average 1.0 shots and 1.0 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he has lacked quality when linking up with his teammates in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 73% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

What Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Do With Regards To Weghorst?

Weghorst can use his strong 1.97m frame to hold possession up the field for his teammates and can make a few clever turns in and around the opponent’s penalty box. He has got the eye to play a killer passer in the final third but needs to work on improving his finishing in front of the opposition goal.

Still, the Dutch talent works hard for his team at both ends of the field and can be a potent aerial threat from indirect set-pieces. Thus, Man United head coach Erik ten Hag should consider keeping hold of him beyond this summer.

Weghorst is good enough to serve as an important squad player at Old Trafford next season and could help the Red Devils win even more silverware in the future.

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