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Former Newcastle target is not worth risking Man Utd prodigy

| 23.04.2016

Manchester United have found the net less times than any other team in the top eight of the Premier League.

This of course has led to speculation that they will look to sign a striker in the summer, with Alexandre Lacazette, who Newcastle United tried to sign for £22m at the start of the season, now emerging as a target.

The French paper L’Equipe is reporting that the 24-year-old who has netted 19 times across all competitions is the preferred target for the 13-time-Premier League champions.

However, when you examine this potential deal in more detail you can see that it would not be a good move for the Red Devils.

While it is true that the Lyon man is a prolific goal-getter, he has only done it in Ligue 1, with the exploits of Paris Saint-Germain proving it is not the most competitive league.

The Champions League quarter-finalists have scored 89 goals in the top-flight, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic smashing in 32 in just 25 starts, on their way to lifting the trophy at a cantor.

Furthermore, Lacazette had ten more strikes to his name last season and did so after playing only three more games than he currently has, signalling a dip in form.

Signing the French forward would not only be a mistake for the reasons listed above, but also because it would put an emerging youngster at risk.

Marcus Rashford has seven strikes to his name in just 13 appearances for United after bursting on to the scene at the end of February.

His winning effort against Manchester City further cemented his place in the team, while his two goals in his last three outings across all competitions prove he is no one hit wonder.

The 18-year-old has clearly benefitted from this run of games, start the Red Devils’ last 13 matches, and anything that would limit his appearances, such as splashing out on Lacazette, would happen his development and be at the detriment of the club.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.