Wout Weghorst’s move to Manchester United has been confirmed, and bet365 are offering 7/1 about the Dutch international scoring 10 or more Premier League goals this season.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Two goals in 17 Premier League starts is far from prolific, but a glance at his career record sees a striker that averages around a goal every two matches.
“Then there’s also the Ten Hag factor. Not just a fellow countryman but a manager that can seemingly do no wrong having won every game since shipping out Ronaldo.
“It could be a bit of shrewd business with a move that seems to suit all parties.”
Wout Weghorst Total Goals odds
You don’t need two hands to count the number of successful centre forwards have signed since Robin van Persie in 2012 – in fact, you barely need one – and Weghorst is unlikely to be little more than a stopgap with United looking at long-term options in the summer.
But the Red Devils were light up front going into the new campaign, with Anthony Martial – who’d been shipped out on loan to Sevilla the previous season and didn’t pull up any trees – and Cristiano Ronaldo, who was never likely to fit into Erik ten Hag’s style, and was seemingly angling for a move to a Champions League club.
Since then, their forward options have halved, but fortunately for Ten Hag’s side, while they haven’t had the firepower they’ll presumably need if they are to launch an unlikely title challenge, they’ve been defensively solid, keeping eight clean sheets, and – excluding the Manchester City and Brentford games – have conceded 11 goals in 16 games.
But they do need more firepower, and with Martial’s sketchy injury record, it’s hoped Weghorst can be an able deputy for the second half of the season, with United still competing on four fronts.
While his stint at Burnley didn’t suggest he’d be capable of leading the line for Manchester United, he was playing for a side that wasn’t known for its attacking prowess, typically ceding the majority of possession to their opponents.
Prior to that, he’d established a solid reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s top goalscorers during his three-and-a-half years in Germany.
In his three full seasons, he finished on 17, 16 and 20 goals, good enough to be third, fourth and fourth in the goalscoring charts.
Ten Hag seemingly wants a centre forward who can link up play with a good work ethic, so it remains to be seen how Weghorst will fit in with a more possession-based side who like to keep the ball on the ground.
However, United have been able to go long on occasion – namely against Liverpool early in the season in an attempt to beat Liverpool’s high press, and a target man like Weghorst could prove invaluable in games where United have less of the ball.
More importantly, a second centre forward absolutely will prove invaluable should Martial’s injury troubles persist. The Frenchman has missed 10 league games through injury this season, and has only managed more than an hour in four of the eight appearances.