Striker ‘loaner’ Boot Verhost, brought in by Manchester United in a hurry, is highly unlikely to be able to transfer completely.
The British ‘Football Insider’ reported on the 21st (Korean time) that “Man Utd is not expected to complete the permanent transfer of Burnley striker Verhost in the summer transfer window.” 메이저놀이터
After the winter transfer window, Manchester United needed to sign a forward striker. Because Cristiano Ronaldo terminated his contract with the team by mutual agreement during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the striker’s depth was thinned. Manager Eric ten Hag chose Verhost, who was spending his life on loan at Besiktas from Burnley, as Ronaldo’s replacement.
Verhost is 197 cm tall and has overwhelming physical strength. He judged that his utilization was high because he had excellent ability to compete for the ball in the air and had the ability to connect with second-tier players. Through the January transfer window, Manchester United signed a short-term loan deal with Verhost for six months.
The impact was less than expected. He scored on his debut goal in the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) against Nottingham Forest, but his scoring ability is showing signs of weakness despite being given plenty of chances afterwards. After joining Manchester United, he scored just one goal and provided one assist in nine appearances in all competitions. In particular, in the last game against Leicester City, he had several chances in front of the goal, but he could not overcome goalkeeper Danny Ward.
After all, after the season is over, Manchester United is not expected to convert Verhost to a full signing. Even at the time of the contract, Manchester United did not include an option related to full recruitment. The media explained, “Man Utd did not have an option or obligation to sign a permanent contract at the end of Verhost’s loan period.”
Still, coach Ten Hag is trying to use Verhost as much as possible. In the last 2 games, he even appears to be used as an attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 formation rather than a forward striker.
In this situation, if Anthony Martial, who is recovering from injury, joins the squad, Verhost’s seat is likely to become increasingly cramped.