Anthony Elanga joined Manchester United’s exciting young roster to sign a new contract last week.
The 18-year-old Swede has made waves for United’s youth teams. And next season, it wouldn’t be surprising if he left on loan.
Some United prospects are expected to stay close – like Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire – but Elanga could benefit from a year elsewhere.
After all, he’s a delicate winger who is quickly overtaking U23 football. Still, he’s unlikely to be ready for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team yet.
With Amad Diallo impressive at Old Trafford, and another winger who may arrive this summer, Elanga’s best chance to impress is a temporary stint lower in the football pyramid.
Elanga has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists for United U18 and is equally impressive for the second string.
In 25 U23 matches, the Swede has found the net eight times and his attacking talent would attract many loan contenders.
Mainly a left winger, Elanga can play up front as well, and his versatility means Solskjaer will keep a close eye on him wherever he is.
United have a few young wingers hoping to make their mark.
Tahith Chong’s loan year did not go as planned. Still, some United fans feel Elanga is a brighter prospect than the Dutchman.
The last in line
United are developing a habit of passing wide forwards, Marcus Rashford thriving both down the center and down the flank.
Only time will tell if Elanga can follow his lead. Still, it’s telling that the 18-year-old chose to sign a new deal at Old Trafford rather than continue as Largie Ramazani before him.
Another wide striker, Ramazani is now making waves in the second level in Spain.
Elanga could move to a similar club, knowing his long-term future is in England.
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