- Oct 27, 2020
I watch the majority of the U23 games. He’s a good technician: neat & tidy. But not with much of an end product at this point in time. You can reject stats, but the other three I mentioned were all dominant at U18 level in comparison. Shoretire has scored just 1 goal from 20 appearances for The 18s/19s. That suggests that he hasn‘t adapted as well as people would have predicted 2 years ago when he was tearing it up down the age groups. His mazy runs and dribbling ability were what I heard a lot about. More of a #10.He has been playing for the u23 all year, regularly up against player 3-5 years older than him. Tearing it up at u23 level is way to much to expect, even the fact he doesn't look out of place is great by itself. Judging youth players off statistics is useless anyway, you have to watch them and see their potential as by definition they are not fully formed players yet.
Do you see a Gomes or Greenwood level talent at the moment? I don’t. But he still has time on his side. I’m not writing him off. He just wouldn’t be in my top 5 current teenage prospects at the club.
That‘s what I was hinting at. He’s now taller and also stockier. You can lose your agility and low centre of gravity when you grow. Being tall doesn‘t suit every player.Saw highlights of the u23 game against Everton a couple of days ago and noticed Shoretire seems to have had / be having a growth spurt. Looks around the same size as Mejbri now.
Considering the player he was at the lower age groups, then no. A reputable youth watcher like @jb8521 might be able to give you more insight. I think he also agrees that a switch to the flanks probably hasn’t suited him.He’s 16 and he hasn’t lived up to the hype ?
Gomes has made his 1st team debut at 16 btw.How was Rashford and Gomes doing for the U23s at 16? And aforson haven’t played at that level at all, has he? Seems like you’re jumping both barrels of the gun by quite a few years with that pennydropping.
Like I mentioned above, 1 goal from 20 games at U18/U19 level.
I don’t have access to all of Rashford’s U18 stats, but he did score 2 FAYC goals and bagged 3 goals from 5 games in The UEFA YL a few weeks before making his 1st team debut at 18 under LvG.
Gomes has put up serious numbers at U18, U19 & U23 level for United. Debut at 16. U17 World Cup winner.
Greenwood scored a goal every game at both U18 & U19 level.
I don’t see a 1st team player in the making at the moment. That can change over the next 3 years. Lingard was a late developer. Always a decent technician with good movement, but took him awhile to assert himself on games. He then became prolific (goals & assists) for The Reserves from 19 onwards. Shoretire might follow a similar path.