Heading into the January transfer window, few would have predicted that Wout Weghorst would end up back in the Premier League.
The big Dutchman signed for Burnley last January, and while he arrived into a struggling team, it's fair to say he didn't exactly set the division alight during his time at Turf Moor. He would score two goals in 20 appearances as the club were relegated.
Having joined Besiktas on loan during the summer, it might have been assumed that we had seen the last of him in English football.
However, he now looks set to return, and with a club that is competing near the top end of the table no less. It has been widely reported that Wout Weghorst is set to join Manchester United on loan, with an announcement imminent.
It is the type of deal that United have been heavily criticised for pulling off in the past, although the reactions seems to be different on this occasion. Their supporters trust Erik ten Hag and are willing to back any decision he makes in the transfer market.
Richard Keys not impressed by Wout Weghorst signing
It will be interesting to see how Wout Weghorst fares over the remainder of the season. He will not be a first choice player, but he showed at the World Cup that he is capable of making an impact when called upon.
Some are already deeming the signing to be a failure before it has even been confirmed, with Qatar-based Richard Keys among them. He was not impressed with the potential signing, saying it looks even worse when compared to Chelsea's move to bring Joao Felix to Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis.
Wout Weghorst. Burnley flop. Wow. I can’t remember the last time Utd played with a lump up top. Was it Ron Davies? Joe Jordan? He could play a bit though. I guess it doesn’t help OT faithful gets their heads round this because Joao Felix strolled into Chelsea on the same day.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) January 12, 2023
Wout Weghorst. Burnley flop. Wow.
I can’t remember the last time Utd played with a lump up top. Was it Ron Davies? Joe Jordan? He could play a bit though.
I guess it doesn’t help Old Trafford faithful gets their heads round this because Joao Felix strolled into Chelsea on the same day.
Only 24 hours on, that comparison that comparison has already taken a battering.
Joao Felix made his debut for Chelsea last night, and while he did show some good touches at times, he would also produce a horror tackle that resulted in him rightly being sent off against Fulham.
That's a horror tackle 😳
João Félix is shown a straight red on his Chelsea debut... pic.twitter.com/jn3MKtoHwn
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 12, 2023
Considering Chelsea paid €11million (plus wages) to sign him for the rest of the season with little prospect of the deal being made permanent, the fact that he will now be suspended for three games is a huge blow to the club.
Wout Weghorst hasn't even signed for United yet, but comparisons between the two January arrivals already look more favourable towards him.
There does remain some doubts about the decision to bring him to Old Trafford, but considering Richard Keys' track record of being wrong about just about every issue imaginable, Manchester United fans will probably be encouraged by the fact that he thinks the deal is going to be a disaster.