I’M continually miffed about young talent being dismissed by top clubs who bring players through and then either sell them or fob them off on loan.
What’s the point? Why invest millions in your club’s academy only to overlook rising stars by scouring the globe for players who cost a fortune.
Apparently, according to reports from Spain, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Sergi Roberto from Barcelona.
It has been alleged Mourinho has been in regular contact with the midfielder over a possible move to Old Trafford.
Yet, all the time, the United manager has a potentially precious player already in his grasp. Namely, Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
The 19-year-old, who can play in a multitude of defensive positions as well as midfield, is highly-rated by Mourinho.
He played a few games last season, impressed in most, so why consider sending him out on loan. Is he not better continuing his football education at Old Trafford?
If Mourinho thinks so much of him, why let him go? Let him grow!
Having bought Nemanja Matic (for an over-inflated £38.5million in my view) Mourinho is looking to further strengthen his squad. Rightly so.
But at the expense of an emerging talent? I’m not so sure.
Manchester United have proved in the past – Alan Hansen look away now – that you can win the title with kids!
New target Roberto apparently wants assurances of regular first team football. Nothing is assured under Jose.
Meanwhile, we are told that Watford would willingly take Fosu-Mensah on loan. That would be a big mistake on United’s part. Give the lad a chance.
Give other young players coming through the academy the hope that they can make it in the first team. Like the Class of 92!
Sir Alex Ferguson proved you can win the title ‘with kids’: Jose might wish to take a leaf out of the great man’s book. Just a thought!