Manchester United’s goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira has joined League One side Rochdale on a one-month loan deal.
The Portuguese youngster was Man United’s U21s goalkeeper but Warren Joyce has decided to send him on his first loan spell away from the club, which is always a good sign for a young player that they are progressing well.
Pereira, 19, will be excited at the opportunity of playing regular first-team football and hopefully he can go on to have as much success as fellow United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who won promotion from League one last season on loan at Preston North End.
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— Joel Castro Pereira (@ElgatoPereira1) October 16, 2015
Speaking about Pereira’s arrival, Rochdale boss Keith Hill said: “I’m really pleased to be working with him. He’s an exciting goalkeeper. His distribution is flamboyant and his ability in goal is absolutely magnificent. He comes in to push [current Rochdale goalkeepers] Josh [Lillis] and Johny [Diba].”
Pereira’s got great presence for a 19-year-old goalkeeper but as is always the case with any young player, experience is the most important tool for development which is why loan spells are so crucial.
Having recently signed a new contract at United, Pereira’s focus will now be solely on his own progress and improving as a player so this loan is perfectly timed for him.
We’ll track Pereira’s progress at Rochdale over the next month and bring you updates whenever we can, so you can all keep up-to-date with how he is getting on.