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What Leeds United could expect if they land ‘magician’ Manchester United star Amad

What Leeds United could expect if they land ‘magician’ Manchester United star Amad

Leeds United have been linked with a loan move for Manchester United’s £35m forward Amad – a man who lit up the Championship last season during his time at Sunderland. The Whites are apparently eyeing the 20-year-old as a potential replacement if Wilfried Gnonto and/or Jack Harrison head for the Elland Road exit.

After suffering relegation on the final day of the Premier League season, Leeds are looking to bounce straight back to the top flight and feel that Amad can help their cause. He finished as Sunderland’s 14-goal top scorer last term as the Black Cats finished sixth on their return to the Championship after winning promotion from League One, before losing in the play-off semi-finals to eventual winners Luton Town.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is expected to take Amad on the club’s pre-season trip to the USA to see him first-hand and decide whether he is ready to play a part in the Red Devils’ Premier League campaign. But if he decides that Amad still needs more experience, it could mean another loan move is in store for a player who joined Manchester United in January 2021 from Italian side Atalanta in a deal worth up to £35m.

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So what could Leeds expect from Amad if he arrives at Elland Road? ChronicleLive’s Sunderland AFC writer James Hunter gives us the lowdown.

What sort of player is Amad?

A ‘magician’, a ‘wonderful talent’ and ‘brilliant’. Those are just three of the labels attached to Amad by Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray, who seemed to be heaping praise on the youngster every time he faced the media last season.

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Amad generally played either as a right-sided forward or in the number ten role for Sunderland – he also occasionally operated up front, although that was driven by necessity when they were down to the bare bones through injury – and his skills and trickery make him a joy to watch. Small in size and with a low centre of gravity, he moves quickly with the ball and his acceleration leaves defenders trailing in his wake.

He also has an eye for goal, scoring 13 times in the league last term and adding another in the play-offs.

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  • June 25, 2023