Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney has tipped Manchester United youngster Shola Shoretire to become a success out on loan this year if given the chance.

Deeney, 33, told The Sun he regards Shoretire highly and picked him as one of his six young talents to watch in 2022.

The former Watford forward said: “Shoretire could really make a name for himself with a Championship loan move.

“When a United kid comes on loan to your club, they always seem well-grounded human beings and confident footballers without being arrogant. I hear Shoretire has the same characteristics.”

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What lies ahead for Shoretire in 2022?

Shoretire already has a handful of Manchester United first team appearances under his belt, with all four coming as a substitute.

Still only 17, just one of those has come this season, and he has been starring for the under-23s and under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.

Shoretire has six goals and five assists in all competitions so far this season at academy level, and we recently picked him out as one of our top three under-23 stars this season to date.

A loan move could be possible, especially if somebody like Deeney is picking up on him, he may even be mentioning it to Birmingham his Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer.

The club are probably well aware, having already signed Tahith Chong on loan from United this season, a move which brought early success before his injury.

Shoretire provided two assists for United’s first team in pre-season, setting up goals against Derby and QPR and he will be ready to test himself.

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On the side of staying put, Shoretire would enjoy the chance to play the knockout rounds of the UEFA Youth League, and his future could be determined by first team events.

Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, and even Donny van de Beek face uncertain futures having each failed to start a single Premier League game between them.

If they are granted loan or permanent moves away, then a pathway to more regular gametime will be created for Shoretire if he stays at Old Trafford.

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