By Sean Fisher

18th Oct, 2022 | 7:17pm

Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo has desire questioned by Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray has demanded that Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo prove he has “the fire in his belly” to succeed at Sunderland.

Diallo failed to make an impact on new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag over the summer, and the Dutchman sent him out on loan to Sunderland this season.

But the Ivory Coast international hasn’t set the Championship alight during his time with the Black Cats, and Sunderland boss Mowbray wants the 20-year-old to prove that he cares as much as the club’s senior players.

“I think he has to prove to us all, not just me but to the players, the lads who are Sunderland through-and-through, not so much the fire in his belly but that he is really on the same level as them and that he cares about the result,” said Mowbray, as quoted by Chronicle Live.

“He’s a loan player, we haven’t bought him on a four-year contract to make him better, he has to show what he is about and I think he did that on Saturday.

“He needs to work hard, he needs to run back as well as forward, he needs to tackle and challenge for headers. The crowd needs to see that as well, and I think he can then enjoy his time here.”

Talent can’t match hard work

Wherever Diallo goes, it seems his talent is undeniable yet something seems to stop him from fulfilling his lofty potential.

Mowbray may have hit the nail on the head by questioning Diallo’s work rate and desire. His technical ability and skill on the ball is up there with the best, but no manager in world football will want to field him if he’s not able to help the team or execute a game plan.

At 20 years old there’s of course still time for Diallo to adapt and evolve into a more complete player, and it seems he has to work on the psychological and mental part of his game more than he has to improve his ability.

If Diallo truly wants to break into the Manchester United squad, he needs to show the mentality and work rate of a winner – something he has yet to do during his spells at Rangers and Sunderland.

But in terms of instilling a good mentality and encouraging hard work, Mowbray will ensure that Diallo is put through his paces at the Stadium of Light. And as he’s quickly finding out, he won’t play if he doesn’t follow instructions.

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