Following our latest Youth Development: Homegrown post (link here) comes our Scouted update. Here we will look at players of the FM universe that we have bought into the club through our scouting system. Our first update included four players bought into the club in our first season. We will find out about their progression now.
Here are the youngsters we signed in the 2017/2018 season. I have added Facundo Colidio into this list as he is a player that we will focus on in this series. We signed from Argentinean side Boca Juniors in January 2017 but he could only join our club in July 2018. The other player I will add to our four current Scouted stars is Thomas Buitink. Both players are strikers so it will be interesting to see how they develop if they end up fighting each other for first-team appearances.
Despite being branded with the ‘wonderkid’ tag, Pulisic has yet again failed to progress as much as expected. He failed to break into the Man Utd first-team and was sent on loan to Premier League Newcastle. He played 16 games there but was unable to help them avoid relegation. Christian will be under pressure to perform in the upcoming season. His transfer value is high and as Utd have a high number of wide players available it might be too tempting to offload Pulisic for a profit.
Pace, Stamina -1
Unfortunately Dayot’s development has stalled over the last year. Both his stamina and pace have decreased by one which is disappointing for a player so young. Upamecano spent time at Nice in France and Watford in the EPL, however clearly he did not play enough games to develop as desired.
Leadership, Strength +2
Francisco Trincao, along with Angel Gomes, is a player with great potential to develop into a very effective wide player. His physicals have developed nicely, including an increase by two in strength. He spent the year at MK Dons in the Championship. And despite playing in a relegated side, Francisco performed well, scoring once and assisting eight goals. Usually you will see younger players perform amongst the poorest in relegated sides so Trincao can be proud of his individual effort.
Put quite simply, Riechedly has not progressed into the player we had hoped. In two years, his attributes have barely developed at all. His pace dropped in the previous year too. Bazoer spent the first half of the year on loan at Ajax, where he played 12 matches, before returning to Utd in January. He went on to feature in 8 games for The Red Devils but has been unable to improve as a footballer. He will be given another year, with plans to be involved heavily in Utd’s first-team. But another year of failure could result in an early departure from the EPL’s most successful club.
11 Attributes +2
Wow. In just one year at Old Trafford Thomas has managed to increase eleven attributes by two. By far the best development we have seen so far in our Youth Development series. Buitink spent the year on loan at Rochdale in League One, where he scored 15 goals in 42 league matches. It is clear that first team football, albeit in League One, has had a huge effect on his development.
Facundo Colidio has only just joined Manchester United. In terms of his future progression, he will need to go out on loan for first-team football as he currently does not have a work permit. However, first-team football in another country’s top division could allow Facundo the opportunity to lead an attack and improve as a player. Let’s hope he can develop at the same rate as Thomas Buitink!
Thanks for reading our 2018 update for Man Utd’s scouted stars. Who are you most impressed with? Who do you think will develop into our brightest stars? Let me know in the comments below!