Manchester United U21 starlet Tom Lawrence has been recalled to the Old Trafford club from Yeovil Town with United’s interim manager Ryan Giggs wanting to cash his eye over the Welsh striker, who could be available for the Barclays U21 Premier League semi-final against Liverpool at Anfield on Friday evening. Lawrence was originally loaned out to Sky Bet league Two side Carlisle United and the young United star excelled by the end of the year (2013), where he was recalled and loaned out to Sky Bet Championship side Yeovil Town for the remainder of the season.
Lawrence did well in the step up to the Championship, scoring two goals against Blackpool and Huddersfield Town, but after playing only 19 matches, Yeovil were relegated to the Sky Bet League One from next season. Lawrence will play no part in this weekends matches due to him being back at United’s AON Training Complex. The Old Trafford club confirmed today that Sam Byrne, Jack Barmby and Jack Rudge have all been released from the club and goalkeeper Jonny Sutherland has been handed a free transfer.
With Lawrence being recalled, there is a chance he will earn a new contract with United, which is what they need to do as he will be a star in a few years time. With the likes of James Wilson also coming through the ranks at Old Trafford, there will be some young attacking talent nurtured into the first team in the coming years, which is something that really excites me. I really do like seeing talented youth products coming through the club and I do hope that players such as Jesse Lingard, Tom Thorpe, Tyler Blackett and Andreas Pereira manage to make the grade to earn a spot in the first team. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson, speaking about Lawrence, said:
“Tom is about to be offered a new contract at Manchester United, he’s one that Manchester United want to look at, but he won’t be involved on Saturday.
“He’s done great for us, a lot of people have thought he’s done well and Ryan Giggs wants to see him up there. They want him around the first team at the moment.
“We have done our job, brought them in, they have done well for us, we have given them back like the surrogate mother and they thank us for looking after him.
“He has progressed and there are a few things he needs to improve on to play in the Premier League and that’s because he’s young and inexperienced.
“He’s got a mentality to win football matches, he’s got Premier League athleticism and Premier League fitness.
“He’s a naturally fit lad that likes to run at defenders and want to do it for 90 minutes if he’s got the ball at his feet.”
Watching Lawrence this season has been good. Whilst playing for Carlisle United he managed to score three goals, one of them will most likely be a Goal of the Season contender at the Cumbrian club. To make the step up from the Sky Bet League One to the Championship within the space of a few months is something the United need to be looking at. The lad has talent and it would be good to blood him into the first team as soon as possible. Lawrence is a player that could take the stage within the first team much like Adnan Januzaj did this season. One thing right now is that United’s future is looking very good.
By Paul Bienkowski
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