Youngsters Byrne and Rowley join Everton and Leicester City respectively

by Tracey Germaine

Two former Manchester United youngsters have found themselves new homes with Premier League clubs this week.

Sam Byrne has joined Everton on a free transfer after his three year association with United ended this summer after a slightly surprising move by United not to offer the Dublin-born striker a new deal.

He spent a period on loan with League One side Carlisle United last season where he earned much praise from boss Graham Kavanagh and Byrne featured heavily in the Reds Under-19 UEFA Youth League campaign. Despite United going out after the group stages, he was one of the top assist providers of the tournament. Also a Republic of Ireland Under-19 international, Byrne scored seven goals in his last ten international outings.

The other player in question is Louis Rowley who has joined up with another recent youth exit Jack Barmby at Leicester City. Rowley is seen as an acquisition for the future and is initially expected to play with Leicester City’s Development Squad. Most comfortable at left-back, Rowley is a highly capable footballer who can also fill in at centre back, left wing, central midfield and even central attacking midfield. Rowley could begin his career with the Foxes as early as Monday.

Leicester have a good track record with developing United academy graduates with Matty James, Danny Drinkwater and Ritchie de Laet all being former Reds who were an integral part in Leicester’s successful promotion campaign last season.

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