Young Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is earning rave reviews out on loan.
Hamilton was sent out from Nicky Butt’s under-23 side to League One side Rochdale in January.
This is the 20-year-old Scot’s first loan move. He made an instant impact, netting on his debut.
Hamilton scored again in midweek, a winner over Bristol Rovers, and now has four goals in 14 games, an impressive record.
The Manchester United youngster has been praised for his instant adaptation to competitive football.
Rochdale boss Brian Barry-Murphy told the club website: “Ethan is capable of scoring goals and he has been an incredible team player.
“For a loan player coming into our environment, it can be difficult, but he had an amazing spell earlier [in his loan period] and then he’s had a little bit of time where he has had to fight for his place in the team due to the competitive nature of the squad, so to see him get a goal today is reward for his behaviour and his attitude in training and in games.
“He has been a valuable team member for the squad during his time here.”
What next for Hamilton?
The young midfielder’s loan spell will go down as a big success. More spells out for youngsters are likely.
The worry is, that at 20, Hamilton is playing League One football and not Champions League for United.
Standards and demands at Old Trafford are almost impossibly high, and it’s tough for any youngster to break into the team.
Hamilton will get the chance to show what he can do in pre-season, he’s earned that.
His best bet may be to secure a loan deal next season to a top Championship team or even a Premier League side, and try to further catch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eye and keep developing.
Whether his future lies at United or not, Hamilton is showing he is capable of having a very successful career.