Sead Kolasinac has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United ever since he United had made an official bid for him.
His agent denied the rumours but the 20-year-old is clearly keen for a move to happen otherwise he wouldn’t have claimed an offer.
With that in mind, would Kolasinac improve Manchester United? We sat down and had an in-depth chat with our resident Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney to chat with him about Kolasinac to find out more about him.
What kind of season has Kolasinac had with Schalke?
Kolasinac suffered an injury early in the season and missed the majority of August and September. Schalke struggled massively in the meantime, especially in defence, and brought in Dennis Aogo as cover – cover that also would prove to be competition for Kolasinac. But Aogo, who tore his ACL in November, was quickly moved into midfield when Kolasinac returned.
Kolasinac has started nearly every game since his injury and has got better as the season has progressed. He’s been one of the best left-backs in Germany this spring, albeit with not much competition outside David Alaba, Marcel Schmelzer and rising talent Erik Durm.
At a reported £5 million, do you feel he is good value for money.
A £5 million minimum is standard for signings from the Championship, right? With that in mind, I’d say Kolasinac would be good value for the reported price.
What sort of future do you predict for Kolasinac? Is he good enough to get to the very top?
Kolasinac to me isn’t the type of player to get to the “very top.”
He’s not a spectacular, attack-minded full-back, which usually is a prerequisite for such a distinction. Although, he’s played in midfield once or twice he’s the type of full-back who’s more capable of deputizing in the center of defense than anywhere further up the pitch.
But it’s worth noting that one of his biggest strengths is that he knows what he can and cannot do. Kind of like Khedira, he’s not a match-winner but won’t try to do more than he’s capable of doing and with the right coaching and right system around him can really flourish.
I can see him being a very useful player, potentially at a rather ambitious team. Bear in mind that Barcelona for many years relied on Eric Abidal to play at left-back. Kolasinac of course is much more Abidal than Dani Alves.
Is he good enough to become Patrice Evra’s replacement this season?
Evra is soon to turn 33, so I don’t think it would be long before Kolasinac would overtake him. I think the important question to ask is whether Kolasinac is the kind of player United want.
What are his greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Kolasinac is a great tackler. He has the burly physique of a centre-back and takes no prisoners when he challenges for the ball. He generally keeps a cool head – he’s never been sent off in his amateur or professional career and has been booked just six times in all competitions this season.
He is by no means useless with the ball but his attributes in possession are decidedly his weaker points. But as mentioned before, he knows what he can and can’t do and is very consistent.