Why Andrea Belotti would fit the bill perfectly at Manchester United
Manchester United will need to look far and wide in a bid to try and find a striker during the January transfer window.
The Red Devils have struggled for goals so far this season following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
Since the 4-0 win over Chelsea in August, United have only scored six goals in their last seven games in all competitions and injuries to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short of strikers.
United’s struggles in front of goal are emphasised by the fact that they have scored 19 goals fewer than the Premier League’s leading goalscorers and cross-town rivals Manchester City so far this season.
The crisis in the striking department has hit Manchester United so badly that they are currently depending on teenager Mason Greenwood for goals.
This situation needs to change as Solskjaer simply cannot rely on the likes of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood for consistent supply of goals.
The United boss admitted this week that the club will attempt to sign a new striker in the January transfer window. That being said, the Red Devils should rekindle their interest in Torino striker Andre Belotti.
Andre Belotti, 25, who has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the last two years, has established himself as one of the most talented strikers in Italy and in Europe. He has started the new Serie A season in fantastic fashion with 10 goals in 11 games across all competitions.
Known as Il Gallo, Belotti seems to have regained his mojo as he is currently firing goals left, right and centre for Torino. He is a thoroughly modern striker who is deceptively quick, strong and can score all types of goals.
Despite not being the tallest of strikers, the 25-year-old has the technique to win the ball or finish off crosses with aplomb, while he excels at holding defenders off long enough to allow the midfielders behind him to get forward in support.
The former Palermo man would undoubtedly help United improve upon the potency of their play in the final third.
He is most effective when operating in and around the penalty box and could potentially form a devastating partnership with Martial upfront at United.
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At 25, the 24-capped Italy international is now entering his prime years as a striker, and he seems to be the more ready-made option for United.
Belotti is perfectly built for the Premier League and would also fit the age profile for Solskjaer, a player who appears to be growing in stature and finding his feet at just the right time.