David Moyes was in attendance as League Two’s Chesterfield drew 1-1 against Fleetwood this weekend, reportedly to keep a close on the performance of Tendayi Darikwa.
The 21-year-old was followed by Moyes back in his time at Everton and it seems that the Scot has reignited his interest in the English winger.
He would have been impressed by Darikwa’s performance against Fleetwood where he played the full 90 minutes and over the years, Moyes is renowned for getting the best out of some great bargain signings like Leighton Baines, Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
Speaking about him back in January, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook hailed both his attitude and desire in training and said he is a shining example to any youngster.
“The biggest thing about Tendayi has always been his desire and his attitude in training,” he said.
“He is very level headed and a pleasure to work with, I wish there were a lot more like him.
“At Premier League level players do get everything early but Tendayi has had to fight for everything, probably in life as well as in football.
“We now use him as an example to other kids, tell them to look at how he trains.”
“You’ve got to remember I’ve only played just over 20 league games. I have got to be disciplined with my lifestyle and know my boundaries. My social life is quiet.” Tendayi Darikwa, Jan 2013
Having the right attitude is half the battle for any youngster trying to make it as a professional and it sounds like Darikwa is well grounded and ready to work hard for his opportunities.
It also sounds like he has the ability to match if The Telegraph’s analysis of his style of play is anything to go by:
“Darikwa can shake off opponents like a dog shakes water off its back, has a fine repertoire of seductive passes, an explosive shot, a timely tackle when dropping back to help-out defenders and gentlemanly self-control.”
Moyes is yet to make his own stamp on United’s team and over the course of the next few summers, there will no doubt be a lot of activity both in and out of Old Trafford but if Wilfried Zaha can’t get any game time, Darikwa would face the same struggles.
Despite that, bringing in burgeoning young talents has always been the United way and Darikwa could be the next in a long line of youngsters brought to United who flourishes.