David de Gea’s slow progress towards a new contract is a headache for Manchester United.
Fortunately, goalkeeper has become the deepest position at Old Trafford.
The rapid progress of teenager Matej Kovar demonstrates just how well stacked United are in the position.
United signed Kovar in February from FC Slovacko, beating West Ham to his signature.
The 18-year-old Czech youngster has established himself as a regular this season for the under-23s, and has conceded only nine goals in eight games.
Kovar has been an ever present for the under-19s in the UEFA Youth League, conceding only six goals in five appearances.
Strength in depth
Kovar is getting the opportunity because Portugal under-21 international Joel Pereira, England under-21 star Dean Henderson, and Republic of Ireland under-21 talent Kieran O’Hara are all out on loan.
United have also got Sergio Romero and Lee Grant available, and have just signed England youth international Paul Woolston to back up Kovar.
Kovar has inevitably drawn comparisons to Petr Cech.
He has been given his chance with the under-23s half by default due to the loans, and half because he has earned the trust of the coaches.
Upon being given the under-23 role, he has stepped up big time, and looks really impressive, showing quick reactions and a strong command of his box.
De Gea earns a reported £200,000 per week and wants an even higher wage. Many would agree he is worth it.
If the worst case scenario happens and he moves on, United have plenty of potential solutions. Kovar is a name to keep an eye on.