Manchester United’s youngsters got another run-out in training this week, and there was a fresh face among them.
Arnau Puigmal is yet to make his senior debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But big things are expected of the Spaniard.
Perhaps most interestingly of all, the 18-year-old help in three problem positions for the Red Devils.
Predominantly a central midfielder, the United youngster can also operate at right-back and on the right wing. In fact, of his 14 appearances for the under-18s this season, half have been as a full-back.
With Antonio Valencia leaving this summer, and Ashley Young’s form evaporating, what chance a breakthrough for Puigmal at the back?
Alternatively, he could fill a midfield slot if, as expected, Ander Herrera leaves at the end of his current deal. Or he could rock up on the weaker of United’s wide positions in the cups.
The Spain under-19 international is a raw talent but next season could see plenty of internal promotions.
After all, the Europa League is an ideal breeding ground for a club’s youngsters; just ask Ajax.
Versatility is a rare attribute in the modern game and United will know they have a gem on their hands in Puigmal. No wonder Solskjaer is taking a closer look.