Dylan Levitt is probably not where he expected to be right now. He joined Croatian side NK Istra earlier this month in a last ditch attempt to get his dream of playing for Wales at Euro 2020 back on track.
Levitt, 20, has more appearances for Wales than he does Manchester United. Five in total for his country, and just one game for his club.
That’s also the same number of appearances as he made for his last loan club. He played just five times for Charlton Athletic before his deal was cancelled in January.
Levitt is hoping to use his spell in Croatia to get back on track to catch Ryan Giggs’ eye and make the Wales squad for this summer’s tournament.
It is good to see he is not giving up on his United dream either. His last game came away to Astana in 2019 and he has not had a look in since, despite an impressive showing in that fixture.
Levitt told PA, reported by the Irish Independent: “I still have flashbacks to that day (his United debut).
“I want more. As soon as I got that taste of it against Astana I wanted more, more, more.
“I wanted to really get pushed into that squad. Even now, I will do everything I can to reach that level to be a first-team Manchester United player.”
Levitt is among three young midfielders hoping to make the step up along with James Garner and Ethan Galbraith. At the moment he is probably third in the queue out of all three.
After the Astana game in which he gave a good account of himself, you could have said Levitt’s chances of making it at United were 50-50.
He has struggled to make an impression since, being omitted from the summer Europa League squad in favour of Galbraith, and then his loan spell went poorly earlier this season. Levitt probably has a 25 per cent chance of making it as a United player, at this stage.
What is his route to success?
Just playing regularly and rediscovering some form and confidence out in Croatia will help. It won’t be easy, with NK Istra sitting bottom of the top flight.
Levitt is reliant on making Wales’ summer squad. Getting some game time at Euro 2021 could be huge for him.
It could open doors not necessarily at United, but for better quality loan moves next season.
Not every player develops at the same rapid pace as Shola Shoretire. Others take a little longer to realise his potential.
The last year has not been great for Levitt, but it is good to see he is not giving up.
An insistence to push for a late loan to Croatia shows he is willing to fight for his future, and that at least should be commended.
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