Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett believes that he has become a better player because of his loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham City.
The 20-year-old played for Blackpool from November 2013 until January 2014, before moving to fellow Championship outfit Birmingham until the end of the 2013-14 season.
Blackett’s performances did not exactly make the world sit up and take notice of him, but he learned from his experience and used that in pre-season to impress new United manager Louis van Gaal.
Reflecting on the time spent away from Old Trafford last season, the young centre-back told Inside United: ‘In terms of the games, I had some good and bad ones, but it opens your eyes. It makes you want to improve and it all helps you for the future. I think it has served me very well’.
Indeed, Blackett’s loan spells at Blackpool and Birmingham have served him well. He was promoted to the first team by Van Gaal at the start of the 2014-15 campaign and is now a regular.
Blackett has made six appearances in the Premier League so far this season and has a pass accuracy of 88%. He is not exactly guaranteed a place in defence due to the emergence of yet another young centre-back Paddy McNair, but he has quality and determination, and will fight for his chance.