By Matt Farr
Pundit Shaka Hislop believes Marcus Rashford should leave Manchester United next month and join West Ham on loan.
Rashford has struggled to reach the heights of his breakthrough campaign last term, and his managed just four goals 22 appearances in all competitions this season.
The 19-year-old burst onto the Premier League scene last season, scoring goals in the victories over Arsenal and Manchester City, and earning a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
However, former West Ham goalkeeper turned pundit Hislop believes a move to the Hammers could kickstart Rashford’s development once more.
He told ESPN: “I like him a lot and [moving to the Hammers] would absolutely be a hit.
“There is no better team at bringing through young players than West Ham.”
The Hammers have brought Premier League stars Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard through their ranks in the past, supporting Hislop’s claims.
Unfortunately, although Rashford would have a major role for the Hammers between now and the end of the season, United are not likely to want to let him leave. Even if it the best move for his development.
Rashford has managed very few Premier League starts under Jose Mourinho this term – following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer – but with the United boss looking to offload some of the deadweight in his squad next month, the youngster may be forced to stay.
Football Insider verdict:
While Hislop is correct in saying that a loan move could do wonders for Marcus Rashford’s development, it seems highly unlikely that Jose Mourinho will let him leave next month. Even though he has struggled this season, he has still made 22 appearances in all competitions, and has been a valuable squad player. If Ibrahimovic or Martial were to pick up a serious injury, Rashford would be the only remaining candidate to lead the line for United, given Wayne Rooney’s decline as a central striker. West Ham should by all means give it a go, as they will need several attacking reinforcements to keep up their current form, but it would not come as much of a surprise if they don’t get their man.
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