Angel Gomes was not the only talented youngster to leave Manchester United this summer.
In fact, some fans believe Largie Ramazani will prove to be the real one that got away.
Ramazani impressed for United’s second string last season, scoring nine goals in just 13 U23 appearances.
That form prompted United to offer the 19-year-old a new contract. But Ramazani opted to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere, signing for Spanish club Almeria on a five-year deal.
While the Belgian is undoubtedly talented, the path to senior starts at United is extremely tough. And the youngster’s decision to leave was immediately rewarded with a start in Almeria’s pre-season friendly against Betis.
While the La Liga side ran out 2-0 winners, it is telling that Ramazani was thrown straight into the action and suggests a big season ahead.
A bold choice rewarded?
Ramazani was widely regarded as a left winger but last season United’s U23s excelled when he was pushed further forward.
That versatility marks him out as one to watch. And there is no doubt the player’s new club have an unpolished gem on their hands. With pace to burn and a clinical finish, the sky really is the limit for the teenager
United have lost a lot of exciting prospects down the years but this summer is one of the most interesting.
After all, Gomes has been touted as a mini Messi for years while a player one year his junior crept up on the outside to usurp him last season.
Only time will tell if Gomes and Ramazani fulfill their potential but the latter has started as he will hope to go on.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have likely added to Ramazani’s sole first-team appearance next season. Yet a few outings in the cup are nothing compared with being a regular in a side pushing for promotion back to La Liga in 2021.
Ramazani has time on his side and has made a bold choice. It would have been easy for him to sign a new contract at United and go out on loan.
Instead he has committed the next five years of his career to a side where he can shine week in, week out. And that should be admired.
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