Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix has already outlined what he considers as his best position amid fresh reports linking him with a move to Manchester United.
The 22-year-old, who will have ambitions of starring for his native Portugal at the upcoming World Cup, is once again being linked with the prospect of a move to Old Trafford. He was linked with a move to the club during the summer and reports overseas now claim that Atletico are ready to ‘invite offers’ for him ahead of the January transfer window opening.
Felix, who joined Atletico from Portuguese giants Benfica back in July 2019 for an eye-watering fee of £113million, has struggled for form so far this season, scoring just two goals in 16 appearances in all competitions. He has recently struggled to nail down a place in Diego Simeone’s preferred starting line-up, more often than not appearing as a substitute.
In truth, he is yet to hit the heights for Atletico since joining them just over three years ago, failing to score more than ten goals in each of his first three full seasons in the Spanish capital. To date, he has scored just 31 goals 127 games for the club.
That, however, might not surprise Felix and Simeone all too much, because the former admitted earlier this year that he believes he is at his best when operating as a traditional No.10, opposed to being an out-and-out striker. Some United fans, certainly recently, have suggested that he could be the answer to the Reds’ goalscoring troubles.
“My best position is as the second forward,” said Felix, speaking to The Athletic. “Playing like a No.10, with a guy in front of me.”
With that said, Felix might not be the ideal candidate to solve United’s troubles in front of goal. He has often played as a second striker during his time at Atletico, as is reflected by his goals tally.
The most productive campaign of his senior career to date came during his final season at Benfica, where he notched 20 goals and registered 11 assists in 43 appearances. He has struggled to ever replicate such numbers in Spain.
United are in desperate need of finding a solution to their struggles in front of goal and manager Erik ten Hag, following Thursday night’s 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Europa League, in which he asked Harry Maguire to step off the bench and play as a striker, admitted that the Reds “need options.”
“We need options,” Ten Hag told BT Sport. “We have problems there.
“Antony not available, Anthony Martial not available, Jadon Sancho not available, but I’m really happy with that performance and I hope he [Alejandro Garnacho] can keep the process going.”
United are set to prioritise the signing of a striker in the next phase of their squad rebuild.