Two days after joining League One Barnsley on loan, Ben Pearson made his professional debut and it went as good as he could have hoped for.
He played the full 90 minutes of the 2-0 win over Yeovil Town despite not having played since December 1 with Manchester United’s U21 side.
The 20-year-old midfielder claimed the sponsors Man of the Match award, having showcased his qualities to the supporters at Oakwell.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson was careful heaping praise on Pearson too soon but couldn’t hide his delight with the performance.
“You can’t go gushing about these lads too soon, but he was excellent and hopefully this is just the start of a long and successful career in the game,” he said.
Pearson earned rave reviews from the local press and fans who were watching from the stands and Wilson is keen to keep the highly-rated talent. When asked about the potential of extending the loan deals of the players who came in this window, the Tykes boss, confirmed that it is something that he hopes to do.
He added: “It is whether the glove fits for both really.
“That is why it is open ended really, because they’re youth loan deals they can extend them whenever they want but they can also recall them whenever too.
“If they’re playing I think that is the whole exercise so it is good for them and it is good for us, if they play as well as they can then we’ll hope to extend it.”
Regardless of whether the loan is extended, Barnsley have four more matches during Pearson’s current loan period and given his first performance, it is likely he will feature, which will hopefully benefit him and Manchester United in the long-term.