Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hoag has made his thoughts on Amad clear amid his success at Sunderland.
Apparently, Amad will not return to Manchester United in the January transfer window despite his loan spell at Sunderland. The 20-year-old winger has won the Championship this season and has sparked suggestions that Erik ten Hoag could use him to bolster his attacking options.
Amad joined Sunderland in the summer and his United career ended after a disappointing spell at Rangers.
The sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the departure of key figures such as Ed Woodward and Matt Judge have fueled doubts about why the club paid an initial £18m to sign him in January 2021.
But Amad is displaying the potential that United saw in just 77 minutes of first-team action at Atalanta during his time at the Stadium of Light.
The Ivory Coast international has seven goals and one assist in his last 13 appearances for Sunderland, raising questions about his readiness to return to Old Trafford.
However, the Sunderland Echo report that Ten Hoag have refused to reintroduce Amad to their attacking ranks for the second half of the 2022/23 campaign.
It is claimed United had the option to bring the left-footed winger back to the club this month.
But there was a deadline on his Black Cats contract and that date has now passed, meaning he will stay on Wearside until May.
Ten Hoag is hoping for a pre-season return for Amad, where he hopes to fight his way into his first team plans for next season.
Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray, who also got some form from Harvey Elliott at Blackburn Rovers, has revealed he has held talks with United loanee Les Perry about Amad.
And he described the star as an “unbelievable” talent and claimed he was unstoppable in his current form.
He said: “I had a long chat with Les Perry about him this week. I think he has the talent to play for Manchester United.
“The question is whether he has the character to play there and break through that ceiling. He had a disappointing loan spell at Rangers last year but I couldn’t pick a team without him.
The ball sticks to his feet, he sees every pass and works really hard. We’ve been working hard to get him to shoot regularly, and so I can see his confidence and character growing.
“The hope is that he comes back to Manchester United, does what he’s doing and finds himself in their team. I bet he’ll get opportunities in pre-season and then it’s up to him. “
I’ve managed players like Harvey Elliott at Blackburn – he has a similar talent and plays with his head up.
“It’s unbelievable how smart he is in football. Talent will never be a problem for Amad. I’ll be really interested to see how he goes.”