Timothy Fosu-Mensah was named on the bench for Manchester United’s U21s for the first time last night in what is the latest step of progression in his young career.
While his inclusion in the team was equally as much to do with there being spaces in the squad due to injuries, the fact Warren Joyce chose to give him a spot is a testament to the good impression Fosu-Mensah is making.
The 17-year-old has been very impressive since joining from Ajax in the summer for Paul McGuinness’ U18s and particularly caught the attention of many fans with his performance in the FA Youth Cup against Hull at Old Trafford as it was televised on MUTV.
Fosu-Mensah has also captained the Netherlands U17s side to the European Championships which will take place in May so he is equally as impressive for his country.
Like Paul Pogba did previously, Fosu-Mensah looks years ahead of the players around him in the U18s in terms of physical maturity as he is already very well built. It certainly helps him to impose himself at that level.
Equally as comfortable as a defender and attacker, Fosu-Mensah’s versatility will prove to be one of his greatest assets and now that he has been named on the U21s bench, it is only a matter of time before he makes his debut for Joyce’s side.
As he was playing so well with the U18s, we firmly believed Fosu-Mensah would be given his debut for the U21s this season and it looks like that will happen sooner rather than later.
Already in only a few months Fosu-Mensah has progressed well as a player and he is certainly taking steps in the right direction towards the first-team.