The first time I saw Callum McManaman playing football was while he was enjoying a loan spell with Blackpool in 2011. He bagged the winner for the club against Reading and I then witnessed him tear Southampton apart later on that season. This upstart teen had just decimated the two best teams in the division and it was quite immediately obvious that Wigan Athletic had a talent on their hands.
This weekend he showed that potential in the most breath-taking of fashions as he made a £7 million French international left-back in Gael Clichy look like a Sunday league player with an old fashioned demonstration of wing-play as Wigan won the FA Cup with a shock 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Wembley.
It has certainly been a topsy-turvy season for the England under-20 international who earlier in the campaign was widely criticised for his horror challenge on Massadio Haidara of Newcastle United. It seems however the young lad has decided to let his football do the talking since that incident with some excellent displays culminating in his performance last night.
But will he be at Wigan next season?
Wigan face a crunch tie against Arsenal on Tuesday night with anything but a win at The Emirates likely to see them relegated to the second tier of English football.
Everton have released a few decent players before their time down the years. Michael Johnson and Joey Barton went on to have promising careers with Manchester City that have petered out in their own controversial fashions. Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka were also at the club in some capacity as youngsters before being re-signed and becoming England internationals under David Moyes.
Callum McManaman was also at the club; for nine years before being released at 16.
However giving the glowing terms in which Martinez spoke of the 22-year-old after the game it would be no surprise to see them both at Goodison Park next season. Everton could use another winger with Steven Naismith looking out of his depth and Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas not capable of doing it all by themselves.
And after his man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup Final there is little doubt a right side of him and Seamus Coleman would be a potent attacking threat.
Would you like to see McManaman back at Everton next season?
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