The Lowdown: Man United block Elanga Everton loan
Borussia Dortmund has said that they don’t want to take Elanga on loan this month per journalist Florian Plettenberg, this came after Fabrizio Romano reported that the player would be interested in a move to the Bundesliga side.
The Latest: Loan out Elanga says Goldbridge
Speaking onThe United Stand, Goldbridge said that the Red Devils prospect is simply not good enough for them. A loan move to the Championship could improve his game, much as its has for Amad Diallo at Sunderland.
He stated: “The thing with Elanga is that he ain’t good enough, and we’re just keeping him because he’s a body on the bench.
“We are keeping people at the club because they’re a person. Not because they’re good enough; we are keeping them because they’re a person, that, if we get an injury crisis, we can put a United shirt on them.
“Elanga should be in the Championship developing like Amad [Diallo] – and maybe he will develop into a good player, but he offers absolutely nothing.”
The Verdict: A loan could benefit Elanga
We believe that Elanga needs an opportunity to get first-team minutes so that he can develop and improve as a footballer.
The 20-year-old simply hasn’t proven that he’s good enough to play at the required level for Man United, as in 47 appearances, he has four goals and three assists in all competitions while never nailing down any sort of regular starting role, bar perhaps a brief spell at the end of last season.
But given his experience at the top level, there would surely be willing suitors from the Championship if Elanga was to become a loan option.
Indeed, in his last season at youth level, he showed a lot of promise by providing six goal contributions in eight Premier League 2 games for Man United’s Under-23s.
His teammate Diallo has had a fruitful campaign with Sunderland this season, scoring six times and assisting once in the Championship.
We think a temporary switch would benefit both parties, as Elanga would get more minutes elsewhere and could return to Man United with a lot more useful experience than the stop-start career he is currently enduring.