Jeffrey Schlupp joined Manchester United last week on a trial from Leicester City to train at Carrington.
The 20-year-old Ghanaian international joined joining up with United marked the latest movement in a great working relationship between the clubs that sees three ex-United players in Leicester City’s squad as well as Michael Keane and Jesse Lingard on loan.
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said he would not stand in the way of Schlupp to go on trial but how good is he? The Peoples Person sat down with a life-long Leicester City fan to talk about him and what he could bring to United.
First of all, could you introduce yourself to the readers?
My name is Andy Cooper. I’m a 25-year-old season ticket holder currently living in Chester. Currently in my 17th year as a season ticket holder so seen plenty of highs and plenty of lows.
Schlupp is a bit of an unknown quantity. What has his growth been like at Leicester?
“He absolutely burst on to the scene scoring a hat-trick in the League Cup on his debut and continuing to impress in the early part of the league.”
Schlupp scored heavily for the academy side for a number of years before spending a loan period at Brentford at the end of the 2011 season. He impressed in League One with them and came into the Leicester squad at the start of the 2012 season. Unfortunately whilst he has clearly matured, due to injuries he maybe hasn’t quite progressed as quickly as we hoped. That said, most fans will tell you he hasn’t had enough of a run in the side.
What type of player is he? What is his greatest strength and biggest weakness?
He is a lightning quick and strong centre forward. He is a very strong lad for his age as well. Schlupp is left footed and can also play on the left wing. However, this season he has largely played at left back which seems to suit him well. His strengths are without doubt his pace and strength and he has a good eye for goal. I have found that his distribution isn’t always great but this may come with experience.
Do you think he is more suited to being a left-back or a left-winger?
Everything tells you he has all the right attributes to be a winger but this season he has looked more than comfortable at left back. Personally, I think he is at his best as an out and out striker.
He hasn’t played for the first team since November. Is that because of injury or is he just far down the pecking order?
Does he have the ability to make the step up to the Premier League?
Impossible to say. He is a real raw talent but he needs game time. I think he needs at least a full season playing regularly in the championship before he’s ready for the step up.