Manchester United youngster Aidan Barlow is making an immediate impact out on loan at Norwegian side Tromso.
Barlow sealed his loan switch three weeks ago and he has gone straight into Tromso’s starting XI.
He has played three games now, and on Sunday afternoon he scored his first goal for the club.
Norwegian reporter Gunnar Grindstein described Barlow’s impressive finish.
Barlow’s goal gave Tromso a 2-0 lead, but they were pegged back by opponents Haugesund and drew 2-2.
Tromso sit 12th in the Norwegian top flight, one place higher than when Barlow joined.
The United youngster, 19, sent a message on Twitter after the game which read: “Buzzing to score my first professional goal, gutted to settle for a draw and not come away with all 3 points.”
The loan runs up until December and it is a great way for Barlow to catch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eye, back in the manager’s native Norway.
The 19-year-old played in the UEFA Youth League last season and scored goals against Young Boys and Juventus.
The goal is a positive statement Barlow’s loan is heading in the right direction and the attacking midfielder might yet have a chance at United.
With the first team crying out for creativity, it would be wrong to dismiss a player who scored 18 goals in 33 games at under-18 level, and who has also scored goals for the under-23s.
Adjusting to a new country is not easy, especially for a player who has not started a competitive game before. But Barlow is making it look easy.
Barlow’s spell in Norway remains one to follow with intrigue, and he deserves credit for the way he has started.
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