Manchester United academy talents James Garner and Dylan Levitt are both scheduled for loan deals next season, as per the Manchester Evening News.
Both midfielders are highly regarded amongst the club’s ranks, but a pathway into the first-team is currently quite clustered. United possess a big bulk of midfield options, which are only set to be strengthened given the return of Paul Pogba.
Openings will continue to be limited too, particularly with growing doubts over club’s capabilities to spend in the upcoming transfer market. The outcast figures of Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard will be hard to move on, simply due to their lucrative wage packages. If opportunities in the first-team squad are not set to open themselves, loan deals will be sought for academy players that are deemed ready for such an experience.
That isn’t to say that Garner or Levitt are not valued though, if anything, it’s quite the opposite. The former has already showcased his ability on the senior stage, having featured in four Europa League games this season. Operating deep in the midfield, the Englishman has maintained a pass success rate of 90%, averaging 2.3 through balls per game.
Recent reports have linked Garner with a move to Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, with The Sun citing both clubs in having an interest. The latter would look to be a good fit on paper, as the player has featured for the former England U17 manager Steve Cooper in the past.
As for Levitt, there has been no concrete links as of yet, but he will not be short of takers. The Welshman’s first-team chances have been limited in comparison to Garner, but he did shine on his Europa League debut back in November. Away to Astana, the midfielder registered an impressive 96.2% pass completion rate, also managing two shots at goal and two long balls.
Both teenagers are evidently ready to test themselves on the senior stage over a full season, hence their inevitable loan moves. A year in a first-team picture will no doubt provide sufficient experience for both figures to develop further, as they are simply a level above the U23 setup.
It will be quite exciting to see how Garner and Levitt fare, as both talents look destined to transition into top, top players.
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