Name: Angel Gomes
Club: Manchester United
Date of Birth: 31 August 2000
Position: Midfielder (Attacking/Central), Forward (Centre/Winger)
Angel Gomes – his career so far
Angel Gomes has been a rather prodigious talent at Manchester United ever since he joined the club at the age of only six. His climb through the ranks was very much indicative of the talent hiding beneath as he blazed through the levels, impressing at every single one along the way.
When he was just 13, he already represented the U17 squad at a tournament in Slovakia in October 2013, and then, during the 2014/15 season, aged 14, he was twice named on the bench for the U18s. His debut was also not far away since he featured as a substitute in the final league clash against Middlesbrough.
Interestingly enough, he was awarded the Premier Cup’s Most Valuable Player award in 2015 for his exceptional performances throughout the campaign. But he didn’t stop there either and the following season brought more success his way.
The then 16-year-old Gomes became the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to appear for Man United’s first-team, coming off the bench late in the final-day win over Crystal Palace. And just three days prior to that, he had also become the youngest-ever recipient of the Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award and he seemed on top of the world.
And then when Jose Mourinho decided to bring him in as a late Wayne Rooney replacement at Old Trafford, Gomes became the first person born in this Millennium to play in the Premier League. Of course, he is still not a regular first-team player and will have to wait patiently for his chance soon but the talent and potential are certainly there for everyone to see.
Gomes has made 26 appearances for the U18 squad, scoring 15 goals and assisting further seven. For the U23s – the team he’s still registered at – he made 27 appearances with ten goals and seven assists on the side as well.
Even though he is not a first-teamer just yet, the 19-year-old can boast with a total of ten senior games under his belt so far but with no goals or assists to show for.
There is no denying the hype and the sheer potential the youngster has but we’re still waiting for the Manchester United news on his possible contract extension. The matter of the fact is that his deal is set to expire in the coming summer and the Red Devils may very well lose their talented gem for free if they don’t act soon.
Interestingly enough, there were some transfer rumours linking him to an exit to Chelsea of all teams and if they don’t come to an understanding with the new deal, that may very well end up happening.
There were some transfer news, however, suggesting the Red Devils are hopeful of a new contract and would love to see him stay and succeed at Old Trafford. And that is certainly great Manchester United news for the fans of the young lad and the club as a whole.
Gomes is originally an attacking midfielder, a no.10 if you will, who loves to slot right behind the striker and provide that connection between the middle and the final third. But when necessary, he can also be deployed further up the pitch as well as in deeper areas on occasion.
When he starts wide, he will often cut inside and advance through the half-spaces, also deploying crosses from the flanks when possible. Interestingly enough, his dead-ball ability is also quite a well-known weapon in his arsenal as the youngster can boast with great free-kick, corner and generally set-piece proficiency.
But he is not the type of player to exploit space with marauding runs off the ball but will usually prefer it to be sent directly to his feet. For that reason, we can often see him drop deeper in order to receive a pass from his teammates and then progress the ball himself through tight spaces via great close control and technical abilities.
He does have an eye for goal as well but that is simply an extension of his great spatial awareness and knowing when and where to move across the pitch to put himself, or his teammates, in the best possible position.
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