Manchester United finished sixth in the Premier League after a string of lackluster performances in their last 6 Premier League matches. This resulted in Manchester United failing to finish top four in the Premier League 2018-19.
After finishing fourth, Manchester United could not get a Champions League spot. The club is looking for inspiration and good performances. The solution to all these problems can be a major overhaul to the squad. Also, the new signings can bring the fresh lease of life to the club and fans. However, with the absence of Champions League action, star signings become impossible. Also, considering the previous cases of investing money, the big money players have failed to live up to expectations.
With many problems surrounding the club, it will be a wise move to look for players from the second tier of English football, SkyBet EFL Championship. The EFL Championship is more competitive than the many first-tier competitions across Europe. The fight for the promotion is significant as the promotion to Premier League brings in the required funds for the promoted clubs.
Also, the players like Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, Harry Maguire of Leicester City have made their name in EFL Championship before making the debut in Premier League. Hence, Manchester United can find the cheaper options, young talents and solid buys from the from EFL Championship.
Without further ado, we shall look at three players whom Manchester United should sign from the second tier competition.
#3) Che Adams (RW)
The Ilkeston academy graduate, Che Adams is living the season of his life in the EFL Championship. Coming through the clubs like Sheffield United, Ilkeston FC and Oadby Town, the right winger has performed exceedingly well for Birmingham City.
Che Adams is more physical and has a raw pace to run at the defenders. Having a knack of being present at the right times, Che Adams has scored 22 goals across all the competitions. Also, he has 5 assists to his name in the Championship.
With an impressive shot conversion ratio of 23%, he stands atop the list not only in England but all over Europe. To put up in simple words, he has surpassed Sergio Aguero (20.1%), Lionel Messi (19.8%) and Cristiano Ronaldo (12.3%). Also, he has helped Birmingham City to stay in the 13th position even though the team has been deducted 9 points for their financial breach.
With Manchester United lacking the pace in the right wing following the inconsistent performances from Lingard and Mata, Che Adams comes in handy. Having a market value of £6.30 million doesn’t make him a costly option for clubs like Manchester United.
#2) Max Aarons(RB)
After spending his 2 years in the Norwich City youth setup, Max Aarons has become the first choice right-back for them in the 2018-19 season. The player has played around 40 matches for Norwich City in the EFL Championship.
Max Aarons has not only performed his defensive duties but also has 2 goals and assists to his name. Aarons has a higher pass percentage (80.6%) than the current right back of Manchester United, Ashley Young (76.8%). Also, Max Aarons has a higher number of passes per game compared to the fellow right back. Even though Norwich City have dominated the EFL Championship, Max has 2.9 ball recoveries per fixture and has committed fewer fouls than others in the Championship.
With Manchester United playing a high pressing style of football under their new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there is every chance that Aarons can succeed at Old Trafford. With Antonio Valencia leaving at the end of the season and Ashley Young growing old, Aarons can be a handy option for the Red Devils.
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#1) Jarrod Bowen (RM/LM/CM)
Hull City signed Jarrod Bowen from Hereford United (now dismissed) in 2014 on a free transfer. The player has come up through the ranks of Hull City youth setup and has proved his worth. With the time, the player has moved from right side of the park to the left side of the park. Jarrod Bowen made his Premier League debut back in 2016-17. Even though Hull City relegated to the Championship in the same season, Bowen had made a positive impact on the club.
With an ability to score from outside the penalty area, Jarrod Bowen poses a real threat to the opposition. The player has directly involved in 26 goals. Jarrod Bowen has 22 goals to his tally in the 2018-19 EFL Championship. This has placed him joint fifth in the list of top-scorers.
Jarrod Bowen is famous for his cut-back and frightening left-foot shot in the EFL Championship. This has earned the comparison with the former World Cup winner, Arjen Robben.
With the contract expiring in 2020 and Hull City remaining in the Championship for one more season, Manchester United can make a move for the talented midfielder. The player hardly costs around €8 million which should not be big money for the giant club.