Renowned journalist Sam Pilger has claimed that Ajax’s Jurrien Timber is set to become Erik Ten Hag’s first signing at Manchester United.
Jurrien Timber, 20, had a breakthrough season at Ajax where he started 40 games in all competitions, contributing 3 goals and 2 assists. He won his second consecutive Eredivisie title with Ajax and flourished under the tutelage of Erik Ten Hag. The defender is versatile and smart enough to play as a right-back as well and is seen as a future leader.
Timber is a ball-playing centre-back who is considered one of Europe’s top emerging talents and has been scouted by some of the biggest clubs. Manchester United have always been said to have an advantage through Ten Hag and have held positive talks with Ajax, although the two clubs have yet to agree a fee.
The player is understandably keen to join and will be a huge addition who can strengthen both the centre-back and right-back position; the two areas Manchester United need to strengthen.
Erik ten Hag has his work cut out at Manchester United
Manchester United have a number of issues to deal with. The atmosphere in the locker room was naturally not the best, while several stars will have to be replaced. Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani have been confirmed to leave while there are also doubts over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford.
At least two midfield signings, including a defensive midfielder, appear to be needed along with other attacking and defensive reinforcements. Considering Anthony Martial’s form and future and Ronaldo’s age, another striker also seems like a necessity.
Jurrien Timber would be a huge signing for Manchester United, who have also reportedly been pushing for a big Frenkie De Jong deal. As well as letting the manager choose their players, the club also needs to bring in lesser-known young players who hopefully can develop in the times to come.
Manchester United already have talented youngsters and will need to make a variety of signings in upcoming transfer windows for things to improve.