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Fabrizio Romano reveals: Man Utd eyeing 6 ft 3 Benzema alternative who’d revive Antony.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are considering a 6-foot-3 Benzema substitute who could revive Antony.The Manchester United supporters will, in all honesty, just want this abysmal season to end immediately.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, on the other hand, remains optimistic that Erik ten Hag’s squad will reverse their current form and sneak a berth into the Champions League by the season’s conclusion.As a consequence, the Red Devils will endeavor to incorporate a fresh member into the organization by the conclusion of the current month.

 

A remedy for United’s offensive issues

As reported by Fabrizio Romano via GiveMeSport, United has been engaged in internal deliberations regarding Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.The English club “appreciates” the 34-year-old, according to the transfer expert.

 

Financial fair play restrictions, however, will restrict United to a short-term loan agreement for the Bayern player until the conclusion of the current season, preventing the club from spending the cash.

 

In the aftermath of Anthony Martial’s injury, the Red Devils have reportedly held discussions regarding a possible acquisition of Karim Benzema, which is accompanied by reports of a rather more significant transfer being considered.Choupo-Moting’s statistical potential to revive Antony

Antony’s tenure as a player for Manchester United has not been a particularly remarkable one. Last season, the Brazilian joined Ten Hag at Old Trafford after moving from Ajax, carrying an enormous £86 million transfer fee and enormous expectations. Presently, the 23-year-old has been unable to contribute to a single goal this season and was dubbed “flop of the season” by Tony Casacrino of talkSPORT last year.Notwithstanding the fact that the left-footed winger is a laborious player to observe, his performances this season have been merely adequate, lacking only in terms of production. Furthermore, he has not been provided with an environment conducive to success; this is a recruitment issue rather than the player’s problem.Nevertheless, Choupo-Moting might offer Antony the ideal profile to flourish in a United uniform. As evidence, a selection of the striker’s statistics from the previous season are presented in the table below.Briefly, FBref

 

Antony does not possess the speed or strength to sprint in behind and defeat a man like Marcus Rashford on the opposite flank, but he excels when he is in a composed attacking formation and can collaborate with his teammates. According to FBref, this is evidenced by his rankings in the top 6% and top 1%, respectively, for touches in the attacking third and deliveries into the penalty area during Ajax’s 2021/22 Champions League campaign.

 

Former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann referred to Choupo-Moting as a “out-and-out center forward.” His exceptional ability to link play is demonstrated by the high number of passes received, vital passes, and pass completion percentage he has generated. The inclusion of the £116k-per-week Cameroonian star would significantly reduce Antony’s isolation on the right foot and enable him to transition more frequently onto his left.That facet of Antony’s game remains unobserved, given that United were without a true number nine last season and Rasmus Hojlund hardly competed for the ball, as indicated by his rankings in the Premier League’s bottom 13% and 4%, respectively, for passes attempted and touches, as determined by FBref.In addition to ranking in the top six percentile for xA during that competition, the Brazilian would have had a consistent target in the finisher position, such as Choupo-Moting, which would have enabled him to express his creativity.

 

Disregarding the previously mentioned Benzema, it is evident that Choupo-Moting has the potential to preserve Antony’s career at Manchester United.

 

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