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Manchester United: Alex Tuanzebe staying at Aston Villa could send him on Lingard path

Manchester United: Alex Tuanzebe staying at Aston Villa could send him on Lingard path

Axel Tuanzebe’s potential is limitless.

However, in order to reach his absolute best, the 21-year-old needs regular football, which isn’t something he’ll get at Manchester United right now. After watching him bloom over at Aston Villa before an unfortunate injury, the Red Devils are reportedly (via the Sun) pondering on extending his loan at Villa Park.

Ever since arriving as a loanee, the young defender’s taken to the EFL Championship like a duck to water. Be it at right-back or centre-back, Tuanzebe’s been a revelation in their defence, helping neutralize some dangerous attacking threat and showcasing his composed defensive skills really well.

While the fairly serious metatarsal fracture seemingly ended his season back in December, the 21-year-old has worked hard to retain fitness and is back in training for the Villains. With the final hurdles needed to earn a playoffs place, Villa will definitely welcome the return of the young defensive sensation.

Regardless of whether they can make the Premier League promotion or not, Tuanzebe’s impressive work means he should be loaned another year to Villa. The rising defender can work on his skill set and can learn a lot under assistant coach John Terry’s guidance, at one of the biggest clubs in England.

The 21-year-old has the ability to become a United first-team regular in the future, thereby saving the club millions when it comes to buying defenders of both the required level and potential.

He’s strong, tall, assertive and fearless in keeping his side in control. However, he’s not yet ready for the big leagues, so continuing his development elsewhere makes sense, as it did with Jesse Lingard during the burgeoning stages of his career before breaking into the first-team.

Tuanzebe should take one step at a time and another year at Villa could help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer receive a more refined, experience defender in 2020.

United fans, would you mind sending Tuanzebe on another loan next season? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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