Manchester United could be on the verge of making transfer headlines quite soon. But contrary to what fans might think, they are not going to make a splash for a coveted star. This time, the club is adding quality players to their youth side.
The Red Devils have completed the signing of Belgian teenager Largie Ramazani, and also added French midfielder Aliou Badara Traore. Both players should strengthen the Academy, and could feature for the senior team in the near future.
Who Are The New Lads?
Ramazani is a striker who can play all over the attacking third. He recently impressed with Anderlecht’s youth side, and the scouts saw enough of the 16-year-old prospect to sign him. He should bolster the team’s U18 squad this season, but he has hopes of making the first-team squad sooner than later.
On the other hand, Traore has been capped for France at the Under 17 level, and there is no question he is loaded with potential. The highly-rated midfielder was a star in PSG’s Academy system, and he will spend his first year in Manchester training with the Academy side. However, his next three years come as a deal with the senior side, so it is not out of the question that we might see him playing for the senior side as soon as 2019.
Other coveted youngsters have joined United in recent days too. The list includes names such as Di’Shon Bernard, who starred for Chelsea last season, and Ethan Gailbraith, who’s considered as one of the top prospects in Northern Ireland.
These four players are the best example of why United always have talented youngsters in their system. They know having a competent first-team squad is key for success, but at the same time, they know young players are an important part of the equation.
Mourinho and the rest of the coaching staff could receive critics for the lack of activity on the market, but these signings indicate United want to build a long-term plan. This type of plan has been successful in the past, and there is no reason why it should not work again.