Marcus Rashford started new season in a Manchester United shirt in a convincing fashion. In first two months of the season young Englishman took part in all of United’s 11 matches, scoring five goals and assisting another four. But is Rashford good enough to be considered amongst the best European talents?
Rashford Has Got All The Tools
Rashford starts his second full season in first team of Manchester United. The previous season and a half have been very good. Start to the 2017-18 has been remarkable. Rashford has showed so far everything that makes him so good.
He is a great professional who does not get scared by opportunities in front of him. It is an obvious part of his personality and we had the chance to see that at Euro 2016. Rashford just entered the senior club level and he was already part of the national team at a big tournament.
And Rashford was not flustered. He loved every minute of it and that tells a lot about him. What it does not necessarily say is how good of a player he is. He has got all the tools to succeed at the highest level. After all, he would not have been part of Manchester United for so long at the age of 20.
Rashford is hard-working player, very industrious on the pitch and modern managers really need that these days. His finishing is so decisive and his pace are well-known of all around the continent.
Fearlessness Brings Great Performances
What is also important is that Rashford is fearless. He likes the challenges in front of him. We have seen him enjoy himself at a big tournament like Euro 2016 and now we see him shine in one of the best English clubs.
That fearlessness brings a lot to his game. He is very direct and loves to take on opposition players. Mix that with speed, ability to get past defenders and determination and you get a great young player every team would love to have.
Mbappe, Dembele, Alli…
However, how does Rashford rank amongst best European youngsters? Some of them have already made huge, record-breaking transfers like Kylian Mbappe to PSG and Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona.
It is definitely a case that a player like Mbappe is showing more on the pitch than Rashford. While the Englishman has been exceptional, Mbappe has been playing in a league of his own. He has shown in the Champions League that he is not only destroying French clubs because of a relatively weaker league. Manchester City will remember him for a long time, too…
Ousmane Dembele has been showing unexplainably fast improvements in his displays and he was probably a good deal for Barcelona. The Catalan club knows how to buy great players for their front line (something they do not do for midfield and defence). However, a four month injury could hamper Dembele’s progress.
A player worth mentioning, as someone who plays in England, is Dele Alli. Though they do not play in the same position, Rashford is still not at his level, purely because his performances at Tottenham have been amazing for such a long period of time. But Rashford is not far behind, not at all. His time is coming, playing for a team that is only to get better.
Consistency is a very important thing when rating players and the season will show how much has Rashford improved.