Angel Gomes continued his impressive ascent through the ranks at Manchester United by making his debut for Ricky Spragia’s Under-23 side against West Ham United on Monday night.
The 17-year-old made his senior debut for Man United last season after becoming the youngest ever player to win the ‘Jimmy Murphy Youth Player of the Year’ award, coming on for Wayne Rooney during the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
He has continued to play a central role for the Under 18s this season and penned a new deal with the club in December.
And he has taken to social media to express his enthusiasm at stepping up to the Under-23 side – the final hurdle before a place in the first team.
Disappointed with the defeat, but good to get some minutes coming back from injury! 🙏🏽
— Santi Gomes (@agomes_47) January 8, 2018
Gomes has for some time possessed the skill-set and temperament to move up from the Under 18s but Nicky Butt refrained from throwing him straight into the Reserves this season in order to see whether he could develop a sense of responsibility along with his unquestionable talent before moving up to the next stage.
Needless to say, the Englishman has done exactly what has been asked of him, and he will now have the chance to knock on the door of Jose Mourinho’s first team.