Erik ten Hag admits he has been following Wout Weghorst’s career for 14 years – Man United News And Transfer News
Manchester United were in desperate need of reinforcements in attack after the bitter departure of last season’s top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manager Erik ten Hag had hinted as much, saying that the current No. 9 Anthony Martial wasn’t fit enough to handle the workload considering the Red Devils were still going head-to-head on four separate fronts.
As usual, many names have been linked with a move to the Theater of Dreams but eventually United Burnley striker Wout Weghorst landed on loan from Besiktas.
ETH is a big fan of Weghorst
And given his size and less-than-impressive performances for the Clarets last season, many have described the move as panic-buying and aren’t expecting much from it.
But as before further analyzed The people personthe Dutch striker is much more than just a goalscorer and has plenty of advantages to offer from now until the end of the season.
Ten Hag revealed that he was a great admirer of Weghorst and has followed him throughout his career.
“I think Wout has surprised at every club he’s been to except Burnley but that was for a very short time,” he said Transfer.
🗣️ Ten Hag on the Komst by Wout Weghorst:
“Ik volg hem al heel lang. Overal waar hij is geweest heeft hij verrast. Hij heeft een ongelofelijk vechtmentaliteit.”#ViaplaySportNL #ViaplayVoetbal pic.twitter.com/FNRmkhoHJK
— Viaplay Sport Netherlands (@viaplaysportnl) January 14, 2023
“I’ve followed him for a long time, throughout his career and I’ve known him since he was 16 and everywhere he’s been he’s surprised me. Yes, of course he’s a player I scouted.
“He has shown his whole club that he can add something or improve. He has an incredible mentality. He can also add value to a team defensively.”
And stats back up what Ten Hag is indicating. His goalscoring abilities remain undiminished, as evidenced by his six-month stint in Turkey.
Statistics support ETH’s claim
The 30-year-old has netted nine and set up four more in 18 games for Turkey’s top clubs. And before joining Turf Moor, he shone in the German Bundesliga for Wolfsburg.
Weghorst had scored 70 goals in 133 games for the German club in four years and had become a fan favourite, prompting Burnley to splash the cash on the 6″6″ monster.
His disappointing spell at Burnley had more to do with Sean Dyche’s style as Route One than his own mistakes. He always gave 100 percent and was regularly top in statistics such as distance covered and pressing movements.
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