Amad Diallo shows what he can offer Rangers, loan should be extended
The excitement around the arrival of Amad Diallo back in January was palpable, with Rangers sitting pretty at the top of the Premiership and bringing in a super exciting talent from Manchester United.
His time at the club started perfectly well too, scoring just four minutes into his debut and his performance shining above his teammates despite the 3-3 final score taking much of the headlines.
Then came the dreaded Old Firm derby at Ibrox, where Celtic absolutely smashed Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side and the young Ivorian winger was hooked at half-time for a dreadful display.
Since then, game time has been few and far between for the 19-year-old to come by, with the manager instead opting for the experience of Scott Arfield and fringe winger Scott Wright instead.
But despite that, whenever the former Atalanta man has been called upon he’s looked dangerous and willing to help the team to create and find goals from the wing.
His performance against Dundee United this weekend showed exactly what he can offer the side and why the light blues should consider keeping him at Ibrox after his loan spell comes to an end next month.
Coming on as a half-time substitute for Wright, there was immediately a huge increase in quality in the final third.
His direct running and dribbling caused the left-back a world of problems, and he was only denied a wonderful assist thanks to a brilliant last ditch tackle which ruined Fashion Sakala’s finish after a mazy run.
His passing was accurate and precise throughout, while his weight of pass was regularly excellent too. He topped off his magical performance with a finely taken goal.
He looked sharp and hungry, and has shown the world that even with limited game time he is capable of really putting teams to the sword in Scotland.
This summer is due to be a very busy one for the club, with several players out of contract or entering the final 12 months of their deal, while the manager wants to bring in players to suit his style of play.
Amad has already become accustomed to that and is a great winger option to have in your squad, capable of playing on both sides or even through the middle if necessary.
He’s had a rough time of it in Glasgow thus far, but he’s got the quality to make a difference if given a real run in the side and the club should think carefully about extending his loan for another season.
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