With the coming of Cristiano Ronaldo, offloading excesses from the locker room became inevitable for Manchester United. Of course, the club didn’t have much trouble locating the first to be given off on loan as the pendulum swung in the direction of one of its rising winger, Ivorian youngster, Amad Diallo.
Much more not finding the excess to be taken off the shelf, the club also didn’t find any difficulty a willing drop point as Dutch giant, Feyennord, was on hand to pick him up just as well. Pronto, both clubs agreed on all terms and he was good to go. Except that fate had another ace on the card.
Excited perhaps that he was not heading in the direction where he’d be lost in the lower wrung division, the youngster found the energy to keep his form in tip-top shape hence he was on hand for one final training routine at the Old Trafford practice pitch. Bang, he heard, as he picked up what initially appeared to be a minor and routine training injury. On a closer examination however, it turned out to be more than ordinary. It was enough to put the wedge on his loan deal with the Dutch club which had no hesitation in calling it off when it learnt of the extent of the injury.
In a statement through its technical director, Frank Arnesen, the Dutch club had no hesitation in emphatically declaring that the deal was dead even before it took effect.
“He got injured, it’s cancelled,” Arnesen said flatly.
“Too bad, everything was done,” he added.
Italian journalist, Fabrizo Romano, who has been keeping tabs on the deal, was the first person to give a hint of how a cruel twist of fate slammed the deal against stone walls. Announcing it on his tweeter hand, Romano wrote that the switch had ‘definitely collapsed’ due to the frisk injury.
Soon afterwards, United confirmed the development via its website where it wrote that Diallo had ‘sustained a thigh muscle injury in training and is likely to be out for six weeks.’
So, the message right now is, not so fast, Diallo. Hold on a bit.