Dylan Levitt will be hoping to make the breakthrough at Manchester United. But much will depend on how the next campaign goes.
It would be easy to suggest big things are on the horizon for a 20-year-old who got his first taste of Euro 2020 action for Wales last week. But he has a long way to go before he is knocking on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s door.
Levitt needs the right loan deal next season. If he wants to prove he can cut it in English football, that should be in the Championship. In short, he should follow the James Garner method.
Garner’s excellent spell at Nottingham Forest proved he is ready for first-team football at Old Trafford.
A previous loan move didn’t work out for Garner. But he didn’t let that get to him. Instead he kicked on and now looks on the verge of United stardom.
The question is: Can Levitt do the same?
The Welshman is the same age as Garner, but he is behind the latter in terms of a United chance.
While Garner should be in Solskjaer’s senior squad next season, the next move for Levitt will be vital.
Time to prove his worth
Levitt made a bold move when he followed up his stint in League One with a move to Croatia.
After nine outings for NK Istra, it will be interesting to see where he plays next season. He needs to prove his worth in England, and that means playing regularly and performing well.
Garner showed what playing for the right club can do to a youngster’s confidence. The trick is finding that club for Levitt.
Levitt has been tipped by some to be a Paul Scholes-like player for United – at least in terms of his passing range and confidence on the ball.
With Garner hailed as the heir apparent to Michael Carrick, it is clear why United fans are excited.
But a few runouts from the bench in a major tournament are just the beginning for Levitt. He cannot let next season pass him by.
It is incredibly hard for midfielders to break through at United. One can only hope that both he and Garner are playing together in a few years.
The latter’s loan journey may be coming to an end. But, for Levitt, it is only just beginning.