Sunderland boss urges Man Utd loanee to ‘learn’ quickly if he is to fulfill his potential


Tony Mowbray has urged Amad Diallo, on loan from Manchester United, to “learn” to shoot more rather than always chasing the perfect goal.

Amad made his first start for Sunderland in their 0-0 draw with Blackpool at the Stadium of Light, although he made all the bad headlines by wasting a big chance in the first half.

The Ivorian was played on goal and failed to even get a shot as he looked to cut inside instead, much to the frustration of the crowd.

Amad’s talent is evident when he’s on the ball, and sometimes it’s not hard to see why Man Utd paid £19m (potentially £37m) for him in 2021. However, his end product is clearly lacking, and Mowbray says he needs to understand that being a top player is about substance, not style.

“We need him to shoot more – that’s what I tell him every day,” Mowbray said of Amad.

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“It’s like he wants to fake to shoot, sit somebody down, jump in front of the next one, fake to shoot, the goalkeeper dives then he rolls him into the opposite corner and we all go ‘wow!’ He was in the middle of the box on his favorite left foot, ten yards out, he just had to step on it.

“He has to learn and we have to keep telling him. That’s why he’s on loan from his parent club, because they have to teach the players that when you have a chance at the top level, you have to take it.

“You don’t have to look good, you have to look good. You are judged by stats, goals and assists.”

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