Deji Sotona is another Manchester United youngster to be excited about and his progress over the past year has been encouraging.
Sotona is part of United’s FA Youth Cup team which have reached the semi-finals of the competition.
The youngster is just 17 and was born in Ireland. He is also eligible to represent Nigeria.
Here are two reasons to be seriously excited about the promising talent…
Sotona is United’s fastest player
Move aside Dan James. Sotona is officially the fastest player at Manchester United.
The Mail reported in September how United ran speed tests for academy and first team players at Carrington and it was Sotona who clocked the fastest time.
Just 16 at the time, Sotona recorded a pace of 22.9 mph, more than 1.2 mph faster than Diogo Dalot, who set the fastest first team time.
Sotona’s pace highlights that he has a rare natural talent which the coaches are looking to harness and finesse as he develops as a footballer.
He’s blossoming from a winger into a striker
Sotona scored his first under-18s goal at the start of the season and hasn’t looked back, he looks comfortable at this level and a step up to the under-23s could come next season.
The most intriguing part of Sotona’s game has been his recent transition into a centre-forward, having previously played as a winger.
He was pressed into this role after an injury to Dillon Hoogewerf and he led the line in the FA Youth Cup against Wigan.
Sotona stepped up, breaking free in the second half to go one on one with the goalkeeper and coolly slot home a late winner.
The way he stepped up was really encouraging and shows he has the temperament as well as the ability to become a success.
He also scored twice in a recent 3-2 away win at Everton and in five games as a striker he has three goals.
While Sotona is a work in progress, clearly his speed coupled with his finishing ability makes him a dangerous prospect.
It’s uncertain where his long-term position should be. He has the trickery to make it as a winger, but adding more strings to his bow now enhances his prospects of breaking through.
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