Burnley forward Wout Weghorst has been making headlines lately, with the Dutch international expressing interest in a permanent move to Besiktas after completing his short-term loan at Manchester United. Weghorst had a successful first half of the season with the Turkish club, scoring nine goals and providing four assists from 18 appearances. However, he left the club in January to join United in the hopes of making an impact in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, Weghorst’s time at Old Trafford has not been convincing, with only two goals and three assists to his name in 23 games in all competitions. Despite this, the striker’s work rate and high pressing in the final third have impressed, but as a striker, his primary job is to score goals, an area in which he has largely failed at United.
Reports suggest that Weghorst could return to Besiktas for a second spell, with the Istanbul outfit open to signing him on a permanent basis. However, the final decision will depend on Besiktas manager Senol Gunes. Weghorst has already indicated his willingness to return, stating, “I can return if we agree on the terms.”
It is unlikely that United will spend around £10-15 million to persuade Burnley to sell Weghorst during the summer, given his lack of goal-scoring success. Instead, the club may use the funds to pursue a marquee striker who can guarantee goals, such as Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen, or Goncalo Ramos.
Weghorst’s future remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: if he wants to make an impact at the highest level of English football, he will need to up his game and score more goals. Whether that is with United or another club remains to be seen.