Manchester United have signed a lot of players in recent times, but one who may have slipped under the radar is Dutch teenager Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
The defender-cum-midfielder arrived at Old Trafford shortly after Louis van Gaal became manager, signing from Ajax before ultimately making waves in the club’s under-18 side.
The 17-year-old is very highly regarded in the Netherlands and it seems United could have another talented – and multi-faceted – player on their hands.
Only time will tell, with the player yet to make the step up to the under-21s let alone harbouring thoughts of a first-team breakthrough. But for now Fosu-Mensah has other thoughts on his mind, as he captains his country’s under-17 side in the Algarve Tournament.
The United teenager started the competition as he will mean to go on, helping his side to a 7-0 win against their England counterparts on Friday.
Fosu-Mensah played the entire match and while he did not get on the score-sheet, that is not really his remit.
The United player is tasked with breaking up play, an enforcer rather than a creator and a very promising one at that. And in so doing, he allows those playing ahead of him to get the goals and the plaudits, as hat-trick hero Javairo Dilrosum proved most recently.
Old Trafford has seen a lot of talented youngsters pull on the shirt, but Fosu-Mensah could be among the very best.
To play in a Dutch side that pulled apart England so emphatically speaks volumes, but so does the fact that he was one of the first players van Gaal chose to sign.