What is going on with the young talent coming through at Old Trafford? In the last couple of season’s United have won the F.A. Youth Cup and the Reserves League, but it seems that several of the best youngster’s are leaving United instead of moving up into the first team squad.
First we had Ravel Morrison who was sold to West Ham in January. Paul Pogba has gone to Juventus and now we hear that defender Ezekiel Fryers has agreed a four-year deal with Spurs.
Fryers was out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of June and United had put a £4million price tag on the defender, but Tottenham only want to pay about £2m so the transfer tribunal will now make the decision on his value.
On Monday, Sir Alex Ferguson said he had not heard from Fryers and expected him to return to the club.
“We haven’t heard anything from Zeki Fryers,” he said. “I don’t know what’s happening there but he’s not been in touch with the club.
“His agent hasn’t been in touch with the club and I can only assume he’ll be back for training.”
But that is three top talents that have left Old Trafford now in 18 months. With the cost of buying top players these days, successful teams need a steady progression of players from its academy to come into the squad, and lower the average wage bill.