Manchester United youngster Zak Dearnley has revealed that he now sees himself as a central striker despite coming through the club’s academy system as a midfielder.
Dearnley, 18, was named on the Man United bench for the final game of the 2016-17 Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace.
The teenager did not make his debut for Jose Mourinho’s side, but he will step into the Reserve team next season ahead of a potential route to the senior side.
Dearnley has previously been considered as a winger for the Red Devils, but the Sheffield-born youngster has claimed that he will switch to centre-forward for the 2017-18 campaign after discussions with Man United’s youth coach Kieran McKenna.
Dearnley told Man United’s official website:
“I’d say I’m a striker now. Yeah, striker, definitely. I am all about goals now. Kieran McKenna has come in and really helped a lot with my position. He doesn’t really see me as a winger; now I’m more of a striker.
“You’ve got to be hungry for goals. Before, I was just happy getting the ball, taking people on and passing it and whatever. Now Kieran has got me in the mindset of goals, goals, goals. So I am always in the box now. I used to be more of a winger than striker.”
Dearnley was not included in Mourinho’s first-team squad for this summer’s pre-season tour of the United States, although the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Demetri Mitchell, Scott McTominay and Joel Pereira have made the trip.
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