Largie Ramazani has finally proved his worth having left Manchester United over the summer.
The Belgian winger was offered a new contract at Old Trafford. But instead he pursued first-team opportunities elsewhere.
That led him to Spanish club Almeria. But, until this week, the 19-year-old had only managed two seven-minute cameos off the bench.
Yet things took an exciting turn when Ramazani was finally named in the starting line-up against Sabadell. With the game heading towards a draw, the teenager scored a last-minute winner.
Ramazani’s goal-scoring credentials were clear during his time at United. He may have only got six minutes of first-team action in the Europa League, but his performances for the U23s gave a tantalizing glimpse of the future.
Ramazani scored nine goals in 13 U23 appearances in his final season at United. He was also versatile enough to play on either wing and as a centre-forward.
It is no surprise he was snapped up quickly after leaving Old Trafford. the only surprise is it took him a while to find his feet.
Ramazani did not feature at all in the first five games of this season and had not started any of the first eight. However he has now given his new boss a lot to think about.
Star in the making
Those who regularly watched United’s second string had high hopes for Ramazani.
So, it seems, did United. But it takes a strong mind to reject a new contract from a Premier League giant in the pursuit of minutes elsewhere.
Moving to the Spanish second tier gives Ramazani the ideal chance to develop at his own pace.
The path to United’s first-team seemed tough, even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacks width.
Another manager may have given Ramazani his chance to impress. After all, he has more ability in front of goal than Tahith Chong and he is more versatile than Dan James.
Instead, the former United prospect has moved on for good and will be hoping his first goal is the start of many.