RASMUS Hojlund will be added to Dream Team today!
No doubt many Manchester United fans will be keen to back their new striker and they’ll have to fork out £4million of their initial £50m budget if they want the young Dane in their XI ahead of Gameweek 1.
For perspective, that puts him level on price with the likes of Alexander Isak, Darwin Nunez and Christopher Nkunku.
Inevitably, Dream Team gaffers will be asking: what will Hojlund bring to this season’s revamped fantasy game?
Physically, the 20-year-old resembles a laboratory footballer; he’s 6ft 3in tall and, according to Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini, can run 100m in under eleven seconds.
Hojlund’s pace and his willingness to run in behind is perhaps the primary reason one of the world’s biggest clubs may end up paying a total of £73million for his services.
The Red Devils have been crying out for an out-and-out striker since it became apparent Cristiano Ronaldo was not suited to Erik ten Hag’s desired approach.
Anthony Martial (£3m) has been dogged by injuries and the Wout Weghorst (£2m) experiment bemused supporters and neutrals alike.
Still in the infancy of his career, Hojlund has only 27 professional goals to his name at club level but while he lacks a proven track record, he set tongues wagging in Italy with a series of thrilling performances for Atalanta in the wake of the World Cup.
Dream Team gaffers may know him from a viral video that exhibited his freakish acceleration, a burst through the middle against Lazio that propelled him from the halfway line, through two defenders, and one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the blink of an eye.
He registered 16 goals and seven assists in all competitions last season, split between Atalanta and Austrian club Sturm Graz, but of course Man United are paying for his potential as well as his immediate impact.
Although It goes without saying that his transfer fee is a reflection of the market – clubs from other countries know that Premier League giants will fork out huge sums.
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Bruno Fernandes (£6.5m) has been the only midfielder in the same realm as Kevin De Bruyne (£7m) in terms of creative metrics over the last three and a half years.
The Portuguese playmaker guarantees Man United’s centre-forward a healthy supply of chances on his own and Hojlund’s combination of pace and height means he should benefit from throughballs and crosses into the box.
However, Dream Team bosses should be aware the Denmark international is still a raw talent in need of moulding to some degree – his finishing has been no more than moderate to date.
It will be interesting to see how popular Hojlund is once Gameweek 1 begins this Friday.