Can Largie Ramazani crack the Manchester United first team?
One of the pleasant surprises to the season for Manchester United’s under-23s is Largie Ramazani.
Ramazani, 18, scored United’s equaliser against West Ham on Friday night.
This was his fourth goal of the season in five games. Three have come for the under-23s, with the other in the EFL Trophy.
If Ramazani can keep up this sort of form, he will start building a case for himself for a potential first team call.
The young Belgian signed for United in 2017 from Charlton.
He is a winger who is capable of playing on both flanks and has done already this season, but his headed goal against the Hammers was a real striker’s finish on Friday.
His versatility is potentially an asset which can benefit a United side short on wide options.
Ramazani has quick feet, is fast, and his movement keeps defenders guessing.
His challenge is to dominate games more, rather than drifting in and out of them, and like Angel Gomes, concerns over his lack of height may hold him back.
Last season Ramazani played the majority of his football for United’s under-18 side and scored one goal in 16 games. He made just two under-23 appearances, scoring once.
That’s why his record of four in five this season is so impressive. He also needs to continue it to prove his goalscoring is no flash in the pan.
Mason Greenwood’s promotion to the United first team has seen United turn to Ramazani as a regular in attack and he has seized his chance.
Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are the attackers currently in the frame at United for first team appearances, ahead of Ramazani.
But it is worth remembering that at the start of 2015/16, Marcus Rashford was not seen as a feasible option either. Situations change.
United are light in attack and if injuries build up over the course of the season, it is conceivable Ramazani could get a call up, if he continues his good form.
To see him grasping his chance is really encouraging, and it is possible he earns a Carabao Cup call or in the later Europa League games.
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