The 2019/20 season has been one of minor progress for rising talent Dylan Levitt.
It has been a campaign which has shown promise, without really being capitalised on.
Levitt was unlucky to be left off United’s pre-season tour when Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and James Garner all travelled and played for the first team.
While this did not hold Brandon Williams back, it was an early disappointment which would set the tone for a campaign of missed opportunities for Levitt.
Levitt did make his debut, away against Astana, and he was one of United’s best players in the 2-1 defeat.
His partnership with James Garner gave a glimpse of a potential future for United. Frustratingly, he has not even made the first team bench since.
Levitt’s best opportunity would have come at the end of 2019 when injuries hit United’s midfield. But he sustained his own injury, which ruled him out of contention.
Since then he has been back with the under-23s, where he has scored three goals and provided four assists in 12 appearances this season from central midfield.
Next year needs to be different
Levitt is 19 and if United do not offer him some kind of progression, Levitt will risk stagnating. He needs to be challenged.
He needs to be mixed in more regularly with the first team rather than being an afterthought.
That is not easy considering the competition for places in midfield, and new players potentially coming in. Teammate James Garner is even finding it tough to break through, despite making four Europa League starts in total.
There may not even be an overseas tour this year, and a loan move may be Levitt’s best bet.
There are going to be cash-strapped clubs in the Championship and even at the lower end of the Premier League, who might be willing to take a chance on Levitt. It’s an opportunity he should grab if it is offered.
United’s under-23 team were hoping to win promotion to the top tier at that level, and currently sit second. There’s currently no plan as to what might happen, and even the challenge of playing at a higher level won’t be enough for a player who needs first team football now.
The Wales factor
A delay to the season may work out in Levitt’s favour. He has been a regular in the Wales squad under Ryan Giggs, ahead of what was planned to be Euro 2020.
Levitt however was borderline to make the squad, and if he did go, he would have just been there for the ride.
Next season if he shows growth, he could have a more prominent role to play.
Wales regulars like Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen will be a year older as they enter the latter stages of their careers.
The situation is primed for Levitt, currently 19, to burst onto the scene and take their place if he can have a strong enough club season.
Starring at Euro 2021 would really turn Levitt into a superstar. The opportunity is there for him, if United show him enough support and provide him with the chance.
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