Amad’s loan with Sunderland is coming to an end, and Erik ten Hag is willing to keep him in the Manchester United lineup for the upcoming campaign.
As Sunderland battles for the playoffs, the 20-year-old winger scored his 12th Championship goal of the year in the 2-1 victory over Birmingham on Saturday.
Ten Hag is pleased with Ivory Coast’s progress, but needs a “run of 10 starts” to demonstrate his abilities.
For young players with the technical aptitude to rejoin Manchester United first-team roster, Championship is seen as a vital environment.
He will be flying to the United States with the Manchester United club for the preseason and pre-Atlantic Coast matches.
Manchester United is offering a Premier League loan to Facundo Pellistri and Anthony Elanga, while Mason Greenwood future is uncertain.
Ten Hag is impatient with Jadon Sancho and thinks of Rashford and Alejandro as his best options for the left-wing.
While Sancho worked on his fitness over a two-and-a-half-month period, United had the option of recalling Amad, but Ten Hag did not want to impede his progress at Sunderland.
Ten Hag remarked on New Year’s Eve, “We evaluate everything, but I have a little bit of hesitation about [calling Amad] because I don’t want to halt the process.
“Young players need experiences to compete for the starting XI and make an impact..”
Amad did not play any of United preseason games following a disappointing loan stint with Rangers the previous season.
In the three games he participated in, he was a center forward and scored in the 1-1 tie at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.
The Cote d’Ivoire international, in Ten Hag’s opinion, wasn’t ready to play a regular role for the first team. I didn’t envision him in the starting lineup or a player who had already made an impact at that time. However, I see and appreciate his qualities and potential.
“What I saw is that he needs experience in men’s football, senior football. I think there are many aspects of football to get strong physically and mentally so he can have value.”