Manchester United’s academy coach Paul McGuinness is eagerly awaiting Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s debut for the club.
The Dutch teenager was signed this summer but due to delays in being given international clearance, he has been unable to play for United yet.
Despite that setback, Fosu-Mensah has settled well into training and McGuinness is looking forward to seeing him in action.
Speaking about Fosu-Mensah, McGuinness said: “A lot of clubs have got foreign imports from all over the place [in their academies] and while we would like to get one or two more imports ourselves, we have started with the signing of Timothy from Ajax.
“We would like more recruits but, while we haven’t got them, the advantage is we do have a very tight-knit group who have been here a long time, some since the age of seven or eight. The team spirit is fantastic.
“Timothy is still waiting for international clearance but he looks a really mature and talented player. He covers the ground well and I think he can make a big impact at our level. He can play in a number of positions – centre-back, midfield or full-back, so I think he’s another good, adaptable and highly-talented player.”
Last year, Nicky Butt was equally as effusive about Saidy Janko prior to him making his debut for United as, like Fosu-Mensah, he had to wait quite a while before he was granted international clearance.
Since then, Janko has gone on to be an important player for United’s U19s and U21s before Louis van Gaal gave him his senior debut just over a year after he joined the club.
Fosu-Mensah will be filled with excitement that he could be able to play first-team football under Van Gaal if he makes the most of his chances and that’s probably a major reason why he decided to join.