Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh has admitted that he wants to extend Tom Lawrence’s loan spell beyond it’s current end date of 4 January 2014 and he’s hoping to talk with with Manchester United about making it happen.
This comes just days after the 19-year-old’s incredible brace against Tranmere Rovers.
“Tom has been excellent and he’s improving all the time,” Kavanagh said this week.
“He did what he did on Saturday, then we gave the lads two days off, and we can see today that he’s come back in with his chest puffed out and he’s full of confidence.
“It’s a new experience because he’s now got the media and people like Sky Sports wanting to talk to him.
“We still think he can learn more in terms of the defensive side of how we want to do things, but he’s shown us that he’s a very good player.”
However, Kavanagh recognises that he’ll have a fight on his hands to keep Lawrence at Carlisle given how incredible his two goals were in the game this week.
He added: “It’s the same with every loan player because you hope they’ll come in with the right attitude and that they want to work hard and make an impression.
“He’s put himself in the shop window by doing what he’s done here but hopefully we’ll get a positive response.”
Lawrence himself spoke to media about his first professional career goals and labelled the game as one of his career highlights so far, which is no surprise given the outstanding quality of both goals.
He said: “Obviously the game was one of the highlights of my career so far. I felt I played well but it was the same for the whole team.”
“I don’t even know what went through my mind [for the first goal]. It sat up nicely and I just thought to myself – why not?
“I caught it on the sweet spot and it was one of those where you look up and you just know it’s going to be there or thereabouts. I’ve probably done similar at youth team level but it’s the first time it’s happened for me in a game like that.”
Although his first goal was fantastic, it was nothing in comparison to his second which was almost a mirror image of Ryan Giggs’ memorable goal against Arsenal in the 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay.
He continued: “That was a great moment. I could hear Kav shouting at me from the touchline to run at them, so I did. It all went on from there.
“I don’t think you can plan anything like that. You never know what the defenders will do so you tend to just take your time and see what comes. I’ve heard people compare it to the Ryan Giggs goal, and that’s good to hear, but I just want to keep my feet on the ground.”
“The reaction from the fans was magnificent. It doesn’t get much better than that. It means everything to me that Kav has shown faith in me because all any of us want is to be getting starts in games. Hopefully there’ll be a few more to come.
“I’ve had calls from a few people at Manchester United, including the reserve team manager, and they’ve told me to keep it up and to keep working hard. It’s been a good move for me and we’ll have to see what the clubs decide once we get to January.
“I’ve really enjoyed it here and I do feel very confident. Hopefully there’ll be more of the same and I can kick on with my own football and help the team as well.”