Having burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old – scoring consecutive match-winning goals for Manchester United – the striker subsequently faded if not into obscurity then certainly wherever it is that unfulfilled talent resides.
Four-and-a-half years later, Macheda is in the last year of his Old Trafford contract, and is temporarily turning out for Paul Dickov’s Doncaster Rovers.
But it was a move I had little faith in. After all, here was a player who had failed to score a league goal for almost three years. And who had never once scored more than a single strike in a match for United or any of his loan clubs.
At least until yesterday, when the 22-year-old scored a brace in Doncaster’s 2-2 draw with high-flying Nottingham Forest.
It was an emphatic response to people exactly like me; those who wrote off the striker once branded a ‘superstar’ before he was even old enough to vote.
With Macheda keen to extend his loan deal with Dickov’s side, Doncaster fans could be about to see the re-emergence of a player who arguably did too much too young.
Now older but seemingly no less effective in front of goal, he has already proved that sometimes I should keep my mouth shut.
But not this time, because having seen what he did yesterday I owe both him and his new club an apology.
You can find my piece from yesterday below:
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