Can Kevin Volland Solve Manchester United’s Attacking Problems?


As the transfer window fast approaches deadline day, Manchester United still need to find another forward to enhance their squad.

But with little time to deal with, the chances of United securing a transfer involving one of their long-time established targets seem to have diminished.

I really cannot see PSG or Bayern Munich sanctioning sales involving Edinson Cavani or Thomas Muller!

Depending on which paper you read Javier Hernandez has been told he can leave the club or the board have rejected a bid from Tottenham for the striker. I’d think it would be folly to let Chicharito go without two forward replacements coming in!

So if Louis van Gaal can produce a rabbit out of the hat, you’d imagine that it will involve a player who hasn’t really been talked about regarding a move to Man United this summer.

German international Kevin Volland could fit the bill.

The Hoffenheim attacker has just turned twenty-three and that is an age that will appeal to Van Gaal, as it means he can be influenced and won’t be set in his ways. The Dutch manager likes players who can learn from him. The fact United have a ready made role model in German team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is another bonus.

Versatile Volland would enhance the United first team as he’s a player who can play on the right wing but likes to cut onto his preferred left foot. United’s new signing Memphis Depay operates in a similar fashion on the left flank. Although the Old Trafford faithful would prefer seeing conventional wingers offering plenty of width, it seems coach Van Gaal is more keen on using inverted wingers. The Dutchman also still seems unconvinced by Belgian wide-man Adnan Januzaj and his ability to play well consistently for the team.

Volland has great talents, he wouldn’t be anywhere near the German national team if he wasn’t a bit special. The young forward has been called up for his nation’s latest pool of players who’ll take on Poland and Scotland in September’s Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Volland also captained the German under-21 side as they reached the semi-final stage at this summers 2015 European under-21 Championships. Kevin ended the competition with the Silver Boot award and he also made it into the team of the tournament.

The player has undoubted talent and can play through the middle if Wayne Rooney is missing but he’s still quite raw and he’s not the tallest. He’s improving as he continues to develop but would still need to add more goals and assists to his game. Although twenty-six Bundesliga goals in 101 appearances isn’t bad for a young player often played on the right wing.

Kevin Volland would add balance to the Manchester United side, but the Red Devil fans would still like to see a natural number nine to come in and challenge captain Rooney for the main strikers role.

Plus United’s chief executive would need to convince Hoffenheim’s hierarchy to sell their influential. Not an easy task for Ed Woodward as they’ve already received around £30m from Liverpool for Roberto Firmino this summer.

I get the feeling that time is running out for Man United and they will find themselves to short in forward areas to seriously challenge for top honours this term!

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