How Demetri Mitchell is faring since his permanent Manchester United exit
For a while, it seemed Demetri Mitchell was a Manchester United star in the making. However, when he left last summer, he had just one first-team outing for the Red Devils under his belt.
Formerly a scintillating and tricky winger, Mitchell moved to left-back in his early twenties and has remained there ever since.
A loan spell at Hearts showed what Mitchell is capable of, with two goals and two assists in 34 games. And he finally found a new permeant home this season at Blackpool.
So how is Mitchell faring in League One?
So far, the former United prospect has run out 18 times for his new club. He began the campaign as a starter, and even scored in just his fourth league game.
Mitchell started eight of Blackpool’s first nine league games. However, since Halloween he has fallen out of favour.
Just six more league appearances from a possible 17 shows Mitchell is not the first pick he would have hoped.
James Husband has moved from the centre to his more familiar role on the left, while Luke Garbutt’s presence is an additional challenge for Mitchell.
Versatility could be key
That does not mean Mitchell is destined for a few months on the periphery.
His versatility means he could well offer an alternative option further forward if Blackpool take a punt.
At United, Mitchell excelled on the wing and, for a while, was tipped to be the next big thing.
During his time at Old Trafford, the wide man scored nine goals in 35 outings for United’s U23s.
It was the 2016/17 season when Mitchell switched to left-back. And it was there where he made his only first-team appearance for United.
That end-of-season clash against Crystal Palace was famous for Angel Gomes’s debut. But it was not just note-worthy for that record-breaking substitution.
Mitchell started the match alongside Josh Harrop, Joel Pereira and a young Axel Tuanzebe.
That was as good as it got for the left-back at United. But he will be hoping he can help get Blackpool back into the Championship next season. With four games in hand over many of the clubs above them, that is not beyond the realms of possibility.