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Which striker should Manchester United sign this summer?

by Sam Koster

With deals for Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay now complete, Manchester United’s overhaul of the squad is in full flow, with further arrivals and departures expected in the coming weeks.

Javier Hernandez’s future is still unclear so Wayne Rooney and James Wilson represent Man United’s only viable options up front ahead of the coming campaign. Although Louis van Gaal insists Memphis can occupy the striker’s role, a new forward should be a priority if United are to challenge on all fronts next year.

Alexandre Lacazette

Currently plying his trade for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1, French international Lacazette perhaps went under the radar of many United fans last year. However, 27 league goals and six assists later, he is now a man being pursued by some of Europe’s top clubs. A move away from France is looking increasingly likely.

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Last season, the 24-year-old showed that he possesses all the ability to make the move to a bigger league, with his finishing, dribbling, vision and movement all exceptional. The Frenchman’s awareness helps him create opportunities for his teammates too, with Lacazette and Nabil Fekir forming a formidable partnership last year. He shouldn’t have a problem recreating this with the likes of Angel Di Maria and Memphis should he join United.

However, questions remain over some facets of the striker’s game. Louis van Gaal would likely instruct the French international to improve his hold up play and dribble much less when close to goal – characteristics that could do more harm than good in the Premier League.

Harry Kane

After a staggering breakthrough season at Tottenham Hotspur, Kane has now become known as one of Europe’s finest young talents. With 21 goals and four assists in the Premier League under his belt, Kane looks certain to kick on and continue his development in London next year. That is, if Spurs can keep hold of him.

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The 21-year-old’s finishing, dribbling, ball control and aerial ability combine to make the newly-capped England international an exceptional striker.

However, there is a question mark over whether or not Kane is a one-season wonder. There have been a number of English strikers down the years who have impressed only to fall by the wayside. Perhaps United are better off waiting to see how his situation pans out.

James Wilson

With rumours circulating regarding the futures of Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani or Thomas Muller, United look poised to sign a star striker this summer. However, fans may point to the fact a new frontman potentially lies much closer to home than first thought in Wilson.

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First scouted by the club at the age of seven, Wilson has steadily progressed through United’s academy each year and he scored a brace on his full debut against Hull City in 2014. When featuring for the reserves it is clear to see that the Staffordshire-born striker is a cut above players of similar age. His movement, finishing and general attitude have all been praised by coaches at United.

Amongst all their new signings, United must remember to give their young players a chance. Wilson is a player who can become an integral part of the United squad, all he needs is a real opportunity to do so.

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