Two ex-Manchester United players have disagreed on what Rasmus Højlund’s strengths are after the striker has scored in four Premier League games in a row.
After being brought in for £72 million from Atalanta in the summer, Højlund failed to score in his first 14 Premier League matches, but has since netted a goal in all of his last four, with the player establishing himself as a top talent.
Former United player and now famed commentator Alan Smith waxed lyrical after watching him play in recent weeks, highlighting the number of key attributes the player has in his locker.
“I think Højlund is going to get better and better,” Smith told BritishGambler. “It’s difficult for him to lead the line and play as a single striker on his own at the minute, but he will develop into a great number 9 for United.
“Just having a little bit of time will help him. The team obviously hasn’t hit the ground running, and it was a difficult period when he came in, but I think he’s starting to get the rewards and scoring the goal has helped him.
“I just feel that he has all the attributes to be a really good centre-forward; he’s quick, he holds the ball up well – there’s a lot of positives for him, but it hasn’t been easy because the team hasn’t been playing as well as possible, but there have been sparks where you have seen the quality that he’s got. The more confidence he gets, the better he will become.”
However, this is in direct contract to 1999 treble winner Dwight Yorke, who spoke on Højlund, claiming he cannot see what the 20-year-old’s actual strengths are.
“What are his strengths? Because I still do not know what his strengths are,” Yorke said. “Because often enough, when you do your due diligence about players, and you’re paying 75 million for a player.
“Is he fast? Can he hit it? Can he shoot? Can he dribble? These are basic common denominators in the fact of buying a player. So even to this day, I’m not sure what are actually his strengths.”
Højlund is on course to continue his fine form as the club’s new No. 11 as they travel to face Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
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