Axel Tuanzebe has his biggest chance yet to make his Manchester United dream come true.
The 21-year-old is coming off a successful loan spell at Aston Villa. Now he deserves his shot to prove his quality in pre-season.
The situation has opened up perfectly for Tuanzebe.
United’s defence was exposed throughout last season, with no player stepping up to stake a real claim as a regular partner for Victor Lindelöf.
Yet United have been unable to strike a deal for a new centre-back so far this summer.
The Telegraph report Leicester want a minimum of £90 million for Maguire. It’s outrageous.
Step forward potential solution Tuanzebe.
Let’s get it right, Tuanzebe is not the finished product. Don’t go expecting him to become the club’s defensive saviour instantly.
This is a guy who has worked for his chance, and deserves it.
From winning the club’s Jimmy Murphy Award in 2015 and making his debut under Louis van Gaal, Tuanzebe has had to be patient.
And his goal of making it at United has always been clear.
He told the club website: “It’s my dream to be a leader and role model at this club.”
Tuanzebe is going to get chances during the six pre-season matches and he can start to build his claim.
Harry Maguire may be a more instant solution, but a lot more costly.
Tuanzebe has a chance to influence his own future, make his own dream come true, and even alter United’s transfer policy.
It will be fascinating to see what ‘one of our own’ can do.