The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United in the coming months means José Mourinho doesn’t really have to think about a backup for Romelu Lukaku until at least next summer, but who should he go for then?
Many within the Old Trafford faithful would like to see Marcus Rashford being given a chance in the role, but considering the Special One rarely uses quick strikers in his teams, preferring target men, that seems unlikely.
Anthony Martial is also an option, with many considering him to be the best finisher in the squad, yet in an interview with Il Mattino, former Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan forward Aldo Serena, believes an ideal option is at Napoli.
That man is Arkadiusz Milik, who missed a large chunk of last season with a knee injury, but who has proven himself to be a capable goalscorer.
Asked who he would prefer up front if he were president of the team, he said: “It depends on the manager: if it’s Sarri, then I take Mertens. If it’s Mourinho, I take Milik because he wants a physical striker who protects the ball.”
While it seems unlikely that Napoli would be willing to let the Poland international just yet, it could be something to think about come next season for Mourinho.
After all, Milik is but an alternative to Dries Mertens these days, who exploded in the former Ajax forward’s absence last year.
And at 23 years of age, there’s still plenty of time for him to improve, especially under a manager like José Mourinho.