Manchester United youngster Indy Boonen has claims the club fails to recognise the pool of talent emerging from the academy.
The 17-year-old was signed from Genk back in 2015 and has impressed many with his mazy, powerful style, complimented by an impressive tally of 10 goals in 15 games.
Many have tipped the youngster for a bright future at Old Trafford, but Boonen, speaking earlier today, claimed those within the coaching set-up at Man United leave talented youngsters like himself in the dark over how close they are to the first-team.
“They say you never know when you are close to the first team. Even with Marcus, they did not say that he was getting close to it,” he said.
“He really is a top player, I had a very good relationship with him. We blindly found each other in matches and in training.
“Rashford skipped the Under-21s, and immediately went into the first team. He is an example for every young player at United.
“When he has the ball, you immediately see that he has something special.”
For the likes of Boonen, an unavoidably talented player, not knowing how close you are to the first-team would be somewhat frustrating. You’d ask yourself: Am I doing enough? Are they recognising me?
Scathing questions, I know. And yet, these are the exact questions youngsters should be asking themselves. Leaving players in the dark over their standing in the pecking order at United encourages them to work harder, eradicating any possibility of complacency creeping in.
An important skill when it comes to nurturing youngsters – and indeed when it comes to managing a group of people in general – is to simultaneously keep them grounded and yet very much on their toes. And this, one suspects, is exactly what the likes of Warren Joyce and Nicky Butt are doing.