It really is inspiring to see young footballers showcase explosive emergence in modern-day football, especially when the talent is cultivated by a club’s youth academy.
We have learned a variety of such young names over the past few years and one of the starlets who caught everyone’s attention this campaign is Manchester United’s academy product, Mason Greenwood.
Having necessary stats to back up the claim, the 18-year-old’s performances have been nothing short of exceptional. Registering 17 goals to his name in all competitions, the youngster had virtually earned a regular spot on the right flank.
Nevertheless, standing in the way of the supporters’ assumption that Greenwood would indeed be a regular for their side next season is the possible arrival of Jadon Sancho in the upcoming transfer window.
Whilst the fans are busy contemplating the possibilities, Gary Neville has expressed his thoughts on the topic, and the pundit believes that the teenager would in fact be competing with Martial for the main striker spot instead.
Neville told Sky Sports: “I think that comparing him to Martial and Rashford is probably more fair.”
“Those two have taken a few years to get to the levels they are now producing. Greenwood is doing it in his first season. I think he’s intelligent on the pitch, can do things the other two can’t do, he’s a better finisher and I think he’ll end up taking that no.9 spot in the next 12-18 months.”
The former United defender added: “At the moment it fits for him to be on the right-hand side, but if United were to buy a right-sided player which is what’s been speculated then I can’t see any way in which Mason Greenwood won’t be in the team if he continues to perform at the level he is now.”