It’s impossible to predict where a player’s career could go at 19, no matter how talented, but in stylish central midfielder Sean Goss Manchester United have a very bright prospect.
The highly-rated youngster talked up the comparisons between himself and the influential Michael Carrick on Manchester United's official website and remarked that the experienced England international is a player that he looks up to.
‘’It’s a good thing to hear,’’ Goss said in response to the comparison to Carrick. ‘’Obviously, I look up to him as a player and I like to play like that.
‘’He has come down and trained with us and it gives you an idea of what it is like to be in the first team so you take notice of that.
‘’He is one of my favourite players in the first team and I do look up to him. I want to play him as well, spreading passes, keeping the ball and trying to read the play.’’
The qualities mentioned by the midfielder in the response is certainty similar to those you would associate with Goss when you watch him play; he is a player who is never far away from the ball and always makes himself an option for a pass.
Can Sean Goss eventually go on to replace Michael Carrick in the United team?
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the youngster this season, however, and he has had to work hard to get himself in a position where he is considered a regular for the under-21 side.
In February, after months of being left out of the squad, he came on in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland just after half-time.
Since then, he has started in the last four under-21 Premier League games and netted his first goal for Warren Joyce’s side on Monday as the young Red Devils drew 1-1 with Leicester City under-21s.
The key for the midfielder now, if he is to live up to Carrick’s billing, is to carry on progressing as quickly as he has done in the past few months and continue to do so until he is knocking on the door of the first team.
Although it’s hard to envisage the midfielder strutting around Old Trafford next season with the same influence as Carrick, if he can keep showing signs of promise then Louis van Gaal has shown in the past that he isn’t afraid of giving young players their opportunity.
He has a long way to go until that day comes, but at least for now he's definitely on the right tracks.