Ciro Immobile- Lazio
Perhaps, the least talked about player in the European circuit, Immobile has always been away from the spotlight, but his statistics show how lethal a player he can be. Plying his trade for Lazio now, Immobile has been a traveller to say the least. He has played for Sevilla, Dortmund, Genoa, Torino, and made handful of appearances for Juventus as well after spending a year in their youth academy.
He scored 41 times in 47 appearances for club and country in 2017, and also made himself the prime striker of the Italian National Team. Pacey and powerful, Immobile defines the traits of a poacher, and his hold up play will allow players like Rashford and Martial to make runs. Immobile’s biggest strength is his inhumane work rate where he can build a pressing game along with the other pacey forwards. Primarily right footed, Immobile can finish brilliantly with either foot, and has a strong header at his disposal. However, Lazio will be least keen to listen to any offers, so Mourinho and co. will need to make a strong proposal.
Krzysztof Piatek- Genoa
Poland has a new star to look up to, and Piatek is making the right sounds at the moment. Cristiano Ronaldo is leading the scoring charts in Italy, but Piatek is just a strike behind with 10 goals, and his ability to play as a winger and no. 9 at times will help United to constantly change position with Martial and Rashford and will help Mourinho mould his formation accordingly. His aerial abilities are sensational, and his pace also helps him wreak menace in 1v1 situations.
Piatek is under the radar of heavyweights like Real Madrid and Barcelona, but United will surely not budge, and the Polish striker could cost a fortune or even a swap with Lukaku may seem possible.
Marcus Rashford- Manchester United
Under Mourinho’s tutelage Rashford is growing into the player everyone once thought he could be. His tenacity, skills, and zeal to be the best is reminiscent of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Rashford this season looks like the only player who can score everytime he gets on the ball other than Anthony Martial. With Martial and Lingaard in the team, Mourinho can go to 4-3-1-2 position with Lingaard at the heart of it, and Martial and Marcus swapping flanks.
Martial is more of a no. 9, but Rashford’s ability to strike from the distance, and his improved body strength has enabled him to hold off defenders, making him a competent no. 9. Should United management decide to load off Lukaku, they can bring a tricky winger or a no. 10, and build the team around Rashford.