Manchester United Football Club has always been a hotbed of youth. The Red Devils have never shirked away from giving young up-and-comers their chances on the first-team stage.
It’s a mantra that has served them well, why should they divert away from the norm? Earlier in the week, Tahith Chong signed a new contract. I’ve been very vocal in the thought that United should bow down to nobody, but it seems as though the 20-time Premier League champions and the curly-haired Dutch-man reached a mutual agreement…
Now it’s Angel Gomes’ future who remains up in the air. He’s obviously an immensely gifted young man, hence why teams are now sniffing around for his signature.
United have a decision to make and I’ve given it some thought myself. Gomes could go on to become an absolute world-beater, but again, the Reds shouldn’t cave in to anyone. Here at Old Trafford Faithful, our view is that United should allow the talented 19-year-old to leave this summer – but only if he wants to, of course…
Angel Gomes made his debut almost three years ago now. He’s only gone on to make a handful of senior appearances since, while a loan move has never really been an option.
With just a few months left on his current deal, the ball is firmly in Gomes’ court. It’s now about what he wants in the sport. In the end, United will give him an opportunity if he’s good enough. However, those chances could come quicker if Gomes decides to move away right now.
Slight in stature
I really do worry about Gomes’ physicality. He’s 5’3. Although pretty muscly, he’s never going to win a one-on-one battle with a tough defensive midfielder or bulky centre-half. Forget about aerial threat, that’s never going to happen.
Yes, he can possess all the skill in the world, though it’s rare a player so small. Even Lionel Messi is at least a few inches taller than the Englishman – but he’s a different breed entirely…
Unimpressive on first-team opportunities
Like Chong before his new deal, Gomes has hardly inspired when given (limited) chances. He hasn’t really set the world alight within the first-team, hence why Solskjaer is hesitant on playing him more.
It’d be different if a contract was already signed, but why should United waste their time on a player who probably won’t be here next year? I’ve been amongst those calling for Solskjaer to give Gomes more opportunities, but what’s the point unless he commits his future?
Lack of minutes
Even if Gomes stays, where does he fit in? Bruno Fernandes has that midfield spot on lockdown, while Fred continues to improve. Then there’s talk of United signing a Jack Grealish or James Maddison-esque figure when the summer transfer window opens. Where exactly will Gomes get his minutes from…?
After a brilliant pre-season, it has been a weird term for Gomes. Yes, we’d all like to see Gomes put pen to paper, I guess what I’m saying is that it’s not the end of the world if he does decide to walk away.