Ethan Laird

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  1. Aug 7, 2019

    Rasendori Full Member

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    I rate him highly. He's my tied second favourite youth player with Brandon Williams being the first. I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes a starter at right back within three years time. Technically gifted, comfortable in tight spaces with a propensity to link up with the more attack orientated players. If the option to link up with an attacker isn't on, he's more than capable of skilfully beating his man. He's not a defensive liability either
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    dutchred Full Member

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    wherever he plays if he stays clear of serious injury he will be a star. Haven't seen a better young full back at youth level since Booby Noble.
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    3KDré Full Member

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    But is he likely to displace Wan Bissaka?

    Man, if only he was left footed.
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    dutchred Full Member

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    in a few years team our will be
    Henderson
    AWB Laird Axel Williams
    Garner Mac
    Sancho Gomes Martial
    Greenwood
    With
    Subs
    Rashford
    Levitt
    OÇonnor
    Shoretire
    Chong
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    Rasendori Full Member

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    If we're talking probabilities, it is an inherently risky strategy to predict what will happen in the foreseeable future as mitigating factors amongst other circumstances play a role. Ole may not be the manager in three years, it could very well be a different RB that Laird needs to dislodge for a place in the starting berth, Dalot could grow exponentially etc. Whilst I believe Bisakka can contribute offensively albeit in a different way to the likes of Alexander Arnold and Kimmich, I think in terms of skillset Laird is the most balanced right back at the club. That balance could be appealing for one manager, concurrently, a manager may have a propensity to have full back to be significantly attacking orientated i.e. Dalot
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    TwoSheds More sheds (and tiles) than you, probably

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    I doubt it.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    I'm a very big fan of Williams, I wouldn't be so quick to write him off, I think he'll surprise a few. His attitude is fantastic, I thought he was excellent last season.
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    Stobzilla Official Team Perv

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    Me too, can play both RB and LB, just seems a bit Phil Neville-esque, in the best possible way, would always be a fantastic back up option to have and would never disgrace himself.
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    Vissy New Member

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    Williams is brilliant going forward, isn't he? Potentially much better than GNev was.
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    You've misspelled Matic.
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    Saw his interview after the Rotherham game and man I want him to succeed even more now! A really nice lad who clearly loves United. He has so much talent. It's a tough pathway with AWB and Dalot in front of him who are both very young and talented. I wonder if Laird can develop as a LB as I think it'd be easier to dislodge Shaw than AWB. He doesn't look like a CD as he's too good going forward and doesn't seem to have the size. I hope the club have a plan for him.
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    I don't think Dalot is so highly rated. He could do with the loan to get some games, but we need the cover. Dalot can also cover for LB, so Laird might act as cover for AWB. This would leave Young as an "emergency" player, similar to Valencia last season.
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    simonhch Horrible boss

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    The archetypal modern fullback. Looks a massive talent. You wonder if he could be used elsewhere, like in midfield. In a Kante type role. He seems to have the technique for it. Only saying it because you'd think Wan-Bissaka is our RB for the next 7-8 years.
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    The United Full Member

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    Dalot has a lot to learn before becoming a proper WB/FB. The guy is pretty overrated defender on this forum for some reason.
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    Mark Pawelek Full Member

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    You'd think that. Not everyone does.

    Plus: Even when we have two young right-backs vying equally for the position then we should still be developing another right-back to best meet his potential because youth development, like all education, is a contract you make with the youth and their family.
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    FromTheBench Full Member

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    He might even dislodge awb if he keeps improving rapidly.

    Awb does have his limitations attacking wise so who knows.
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    What's the chances of this guy playing left back? I see he's got a few games under his belt there playing for U18/19s. Harsh that he'll struggle to breakthrough at RB with Wan Bissaka, he's got a chance a LB maybe if he can hack the invert.
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    A shame he's so "injury-prone" :(
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    I heard he played lb at under 16s and scored 20 goals in a season. Perhaps someone on here can confirm if this is true?
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    Sign him :smirk:
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    Remember people saying the same about Mitchell. Where is he now.
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    Never watched Mitchell so can't say. *shrugs*
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    Not even close physically to Mitchell. This dude is a monster for his age, he could be similar to Reece James.
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    When this thread was bumped, I was fearing the worst re his injury...
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    rotherham_red Full Member

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    Fingers crossed
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    In Rainbows Full Member

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    Sure, but you have to recognize who is coming out with those comments and what it's based on. Mitchell was a winger, then had a really bad injury, and came back with the staff trying to convert him to a fullback. Any praise was based on a short sample size so wasn't very reliable. It's very different from Laird who has always stood out as a fullback. Don't think Mitchell ever put in the performances Laird did.
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    Bestietom Full Member

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    Whenever I seen Mitchell, he never had a bad game ( academy and when he was promoted) My opinion. Williams is a better player than Laird.
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    SteveW Full Member

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    Thats reductive.

    "Some dope once said Tunnicluff was the new Keane so I'll dismiss all future young players" blah blah blah.

    People say lots of stupid shit.
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    5ft.5ins is his height.
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    AltiUn likes playing with swords after fantasies

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    Just out of curiousity, what aspect of the game do you think Williams beats Laird in? I'm a big fan of both players but to me it's obvious Laird's better.
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