Max Kruse is among Manchester United’s list of potential striker targets

by Leo Nieboer

Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse has attracted the interest of Jose Mourinho after impressing many with a sensational scoring spree during the latter stages of the Bundesliga season, according to reports.

The 29-year-old, part of the Wolfsburg side that knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League under Louis van Gaal, claimed 11 goals and six assists over the last 11 games of the 2016/17 season.

Mourinho has placed emphasis on securing an all-out striker this summer in light of the continued ambiguity surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s predicament at the club, with Torino’s Andrea Belotti, Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette among those reportedly on the 54-year-old’s list.

And according to Goal‘s Kris Voakes, the Portuguese has also placed Kruse on his list of potential targets.

Compared to the aforementioned trio of targets, Kruse is not the all-out goalscorer that supporters may want to envisage. Last season’s total of 15 goals, aided primarily by that golden patch right at the end, is his highest ever total for one campaign.

In fact, with 83 goals in 303 career appearances, the German’s zeal lies elsewhere: used often as a No.10, Kruse is a sharp, athletic figure on the ball, capable of bursting forward and creating space. Rarely the star of the show, granted, but always a reliable, positive minded asset going forward.

Whether there is indeed a place for him at Old Trafford remains to be seen, but Mourinho certainly ought to look elsewhere if he is truly keen on securing a goalscoring specialist ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

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