Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Dutch striker Wout Weghorst on loan until the end of the season from Burnley. There is no option to buy in the deal, meaning he will only be remaining at Old Trafford until June.
What Will Wout Weghorst Bring to Old Trafford?
Weghorst’s Potential Role at Manchester United
The Red Devils had to work hard to finalise the signing of Weghorst. He was actually loan at Turkish side Besiktas until the end of the season, which meant that United had to pay a compensation fee of £2.4 million to bring him to Old Trafford.
He has been brought in, as a bit of an emergency signing, with Manchester United lacking in strikers since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in November. Weghorst is likely to be used as an impactful substitute after scoring a brace against Argentina in the World Cup quarter-final last year. He is a clinical striker and also boasts some impressive link-up play, using his physique to help create opportunities for teammates in the final third.
Wout Weghorst Set to Add More Bite to United’s Attack
Erik ten Hag is probably happy to add another Dutch player to his squad after signing Tyrell Malacia in the summer. The United gaffer is reported to consider him the ‘perfect striker’ for his side and believes that the 30-year-old possesses all the skills needed to thrive under him.
Weghorst has been labelled a ‘pressing monster’ by The Athletic and has enjoyed a good season thus far. He scored nine goals and provided four assists in his 18 appearances for Besiktas this season before the loan deal was cancelled. He made 20 appearances in the Premier League for Burnley last season, scoring two goals and providing three assists – including an assist against the Red Devils.
The 6’6 towering striker can bring an aerial advantage to Ten Hag’s side, helping them score from more set-pieces and crosses. But that isn’t the only advantage that can be expected from him, as the Dutch striker is surprisingly quick with his movement and can be a menace with his productivity in the box.