Deji Sotona is a young Manchester United talent who fans may be getting familiar with over the next few seasons.
Sotona has been in United’s academy for several years now, and at the age of 16, he has stepped up to feature for the under-18 side.
At the weekend Sotona scored his first goal for the under-18s in the derby with Liverpool.
United lost a closely contested away game 4-3, with last season’s FA Youth Cup winners coming out on top thanks to a last minute winner.
This was Sotona’s first goal in four appearances for the under-18s and is an important milestone for him. He made his debut for the side back in March.
Born in Ireland, Sotona is of Nigerian descent and his progress has frequently been reported by All Nigeria Soccer, which two years ago reported Ireland were winning the race for his international allegiance.
He has previously been named in an Ireland under-16 squad, although can still change his mind at any point before a senior call up arrives.
Sotona signed a two-year scholarship with United earlier this year.
He plays as a left winger, and he is a player who loves to take opponents on.
The teenager has quick feet, is a bag of tricks, and has quick acceleration to get away from opponents.
You can see some highlights of Sotona in action here.
The star man in United’s under-18 side this season has been Anthony Elanga, who netted three goals in his opening four games.
He did not feature against Liverpool, because he has now been promoted to the under-23 side.
Elanga’s rise opens the door for players like Sotona to step up, and Saturday’s game was a good sign he is ready to do so.
His progress is one to keep an eye on over the next couple of seasons.
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