New Manchester United signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan is adept at playing on either flank or as a number ten, but he won’t become a victim of his versatility at Old Trafford.
Mkhitaryan joins a swelling band of attacking talent at United, arriving hot on the heels of fellow summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
They join Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Memphis Depay on the books, not to mention Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia.
Such a man-heavy attacking roster could see the Armenian’s positional-adaptability abused at the expense of him gaining a consistent role in the side as Jose Mourinho manipulates his attacking options in search of United’s plan A.
Many players would suffer from lacking a fixed abode on their manager’s chalkboard, but Mkhitaryan, it seems, is not most footballers.
In his final season at Borussia Dortmund, the 27-year-old was a dangerously productive attacker across a variety of positions.
According to transfermarkt.co.uk, he conjured ten goals and 17 assists in 24 appearances when billeted on the left of attack.
Yet, he was equally fearsome when stationed on the opposite wing, notching 12 times and setting up as many strikes for his teammates.
Meanwhile, from a central-attacking berth he laid on three strikes and netted once in seven outings.
While his exploits in the latter role may seem marginally less dangerous, it is actually his most productive over his career as a whole.
Across 110 club outings in central attacking midfield, he has notched 46 goals, assiting a further 34.
New United manager Mourinho can expect results wherever he chooses to station his new signing based on such numbers.
The Reds are 7/2 second favourites to win the Premier League in 2016/17, with only Manchester City shorter in the betting at 9/4.
Next in the market come last season’s silver medalists Arsenal and 2014/15 champions Chelsea at 6/1, then Tottenham at 17/2 and Liverpool at 9/1.