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Manchester United Transfer News: Jeff Schlupp Not Right Fit at Old Trafford

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Chung Yong Lee (R)  of Bolton Wanderers loses out to Jeff Schlupp (L) of Leicester City during the npower Championship match at the Reebok Stadium on November 6, 2012 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 24, 2013

In an attempt to continue asserting its dominance over the competition in the English Premier League, Manchester United has turned its focus to adding depth to the club's roster.

One player the Red Devils are observing is Leicester’s Jeff Schlupp, according to Sam Wallace of the Independent:

Manchester United give a trial to Leicester City's young Ghanaian striker Jeff Schlupp @independent

— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) January 18, 2013

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson confirmed the reports of his striker working out with Man U, according to Jason Le Miere of the International Business Times:

He is training with them at the moment.

I have allowed him to go there for a week. It is a great opportunity for him. We have a good relationship with United and I am not going to stand in his way to go there for a week's training.

If anything comes of it, we will wait and see. They have had a good look at him.

Schlupp has flashed glimpses of hope in the past—highlighted by a hat trick last season in his debut—but has been a disappointment to the Foxes this season.

In nine games with the club this year, the 20-year-old forward has yet to find the back of the net.

In his article, Wallace discusses how Schlupp doesn't have much experience in Championship football and hasn't spent much time playing with the first team this season.

Is this really what Man U is looking for?

I understand that the Red Devils are uncertain of Darren Fletcher's status, and thus are searching for a replacement this season, but I'm not so sure a young, inexperienced Schlupp is the answer to Man U's problem.

Granted, he has played more left back this season due to the injury sustained to Paul Konchesky (h/t Yahoo! Sports), but Schlupp still hasn't shown much promise this year.

Perhaps a transfer to Manchester United and a move back to striker would help the young player, but as for his performance thus far this season, he hasn't proved enough to be worthy of donning a Red Devils uniform.


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