Reports emerged in the national media this week stating Manchester United are set to hand Omari Forson a professional deal.
The Mail write United are particularly excited about the 15-year-old wonderkid, and have held off recent interest from Arsenal in the player.
Forson obviously has a long way to go, but he is making really encouraging progress in his career so far.
Already he is featuring for Manchester United’s under-18 side, and he has been a part of the team’s FA Youth Cup run to the semi-finals.
Forson has made 11 appearances in total, seven in the under-18s league, and two have been starts. He provided an assist in United’s 4-0 win over Sunderland in early March.
It is notable that Forson has played in all four rounds of the FA Youth Cup so far, which included the win over Leeds at Old Trafford.
Each time he has been a substitute, yet it is a testament to his ability that United have sought to involve him in the team’s run to the semi-finals of the competition.
Route to the top
Forson began his career in West Ham’s academy, before joining Tottenham, and then was recruited by United last year, snubbing interest from City.
In his early years he trained at David Beckham’s Academy, which was based in Greenwich.
He is an England youth international at under-16 level, and is also eligible to play for Ghana.
Forson is a player with fantastic dribbling ability and natural balance. He has quick feet and is full of tricks to bamboozle opponents.
He has been playing for United’s under-18 side on the right wing, a position where the first team lack options.
There is a reported plan to sign Jadon Sancho this summer to solve that [Telegraph], but long-term, Forson could push to become a viable alternative.
Forson turns 16 in July and he will officially make the step up to under-18s football.
He will be expected to become a starter at this level and start influencing games on a regular basis.
United have shown this season that chances will be given at under-23 level to those who demonstrate the ability. Both Hannibal Mejbri and Will Fish have started under-23 games at just 16.
Forson is a player United are keen to keep pushing, and he won’t be held back.
It’s good that he is set to commit his future to United, and while there are no guarantees over which players will make it, and which won’t, Forson is clearly in a strong position to succeed and the coaching staff are very excited about him.
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