Denzel Dumfries showed what he could bring to Erik ten Hag‘s Manchester United with a match-winning cameo for Inter Milan.
Italian website Calciomercato linked the Red Devils with a move for Ten Hag’s fellow Netherlands countryman earlier in the summer.
While the midfield and forward areas desperately need improving with new signings – the right-back position continues to provide headaches.
The two-time Eredivisie winner wants his attack-minded full-backs to be confident and brave in possession, while making up an extra man in midfield when their teammates have the ball.
Let’s be brutally honest – Wan-Bissaka isn’t up to the philosophy Ten Hag wants to implement at Old Trafford.
Ethan Laird looks set to join Championship side Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan in order for the youngster to get regular first team football that will aid his development.
Diogo Dalot is currently United’s number one right-back, but the former Porto man’s two performances to start the Premier League season wouldn’t have convinced Ten Hag that there isn’t any need to delve into the right-back market.
Denzel Dumfries shows what he could bring to Manchester United
At the age of 26, a Netherlands international and a player that Ten Hag knows well during his time in the Eredivisie, Dumfries seemingly ticks all the boxes when looking at United’s current recruitment policy.
In his first season with Inter after making the move from PSV Eindhoven last summer the 35-time Netherlands international scored five goals and laid on five assists.
In Inter’s first game of the 2022-23 season Dumfries started on the bench, but with the Nerazzurri drawing 1-1 at Lecce, Simone Inzaghi introduced his number two with 23 minutes remaining.
Pushing high up the pitch as a right wing-back, Dumfries was whipping in tantalising crosses that Cristiano Ronaldo would relish getting on the end of and constantly got inside Lecce’s penalty area.
Dumfries had already hit the post with a header, but in the 95th minute – Lautaro Martinez flicked on a corner via his head and Dumfries showcasing his predatory instincts as a full-back bundled home a last-gasp winner for the Milan giants.
Dumfries may have three years left to run on his contract at the San Siro but he surely would be an upgrade on Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.
In order for Ten Hag to be given the best possible chance of rebuilding this broken football club he needs a team of his blueprint that can carry out his philosophy on the pitch.
Luring Dumfries to Manchester at this stage of the transfer window given our incompetence when attempting to broker a deal will be difficult, but Ten Hag will be under no illusion that the right-back spot is yet another position that desperately needs improving.
Inzaghi has ruled out selling the Dutchman but with Inter setting a €40m (£33m) price tag, according to 90min, Ten Hag could try and lure his compatriot to the Theatre of Dreams with 18 days of the summer transfer window remaining.