ESPN pundit Jonathan Johnson thinks Manchester United transfer target Boubakary Soumare if full of potential and we do really well at the Old Traffordmdue to his “unfashionable” style of play.

Manchester United are reported to be looking for playmakers during the January transfer window due to key injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Even though Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes is said to be the topmost transfer priority for the Red Devils, the Lille midfielder Soumare is also on the club’s radar.

Chelsea are also claimed to be in contention for the 20-year-old Frenchman, who is set to decide between the two by the end of January.

While speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, Jonathan explained why Soumare would be a great player in the Premier League.

The main reason why Boubakary Soumare is interesting clubs, not just in the Premier League, is that fact that he is performing well in Ligue 1 – traditionally known as somewhere where you can source good, young affordable talent,” the journalist said.

“Players the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea could add value to. The thing that helps a lot with Soumare is that he plays in quite an unfashionable position.

“Defensive midfield is not one of those positions where too many players across Europe stand out, and for this reason, he has managed to stand out.”

Johnson pointed out Soumare night not be a goal scorer, however, the Frenchman makes up for it with his physical and technical abilities.

I’ve seen him being talked about as perhaps adding some attacking prowess to a team – I don’t see him as that kind of player, I don’t think he has that creativity or goal threat,” the journalist added.

“He is surprisingly technical and is a good passer of the ball. He’s also physical and gets stuck in, that does result in yellow and red cards from time to time.

“He is somebody that would add a lot of mettle to a club’s midfield, that’s why you have these clubs after him. The idea that he is a deep-lying midfielder is not correct. He’s more of a defensive midfielder.”

Manchester United face Liverpool tonight in the English Premier League.


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