The Manchester Evening News have reported that Zeki Fryers will not be renewing his contract at Manchester United this summer and has therefore alerted Newcastle and Spurs.
The free agent was part of the 2011 FA Youth Cup win which also included the recently departed Paul Pogba to Juventus and Ravel Morrison to West Ham.
After playing some first team football last season, the left back appeared 6 times including two League cup appearances. However, he did not make an appearance in the new year with his last game-play taking place against Wigan on Boxing Day.
The youngster has failed to challenge Evra for his starting place in the staring eleven and has even failed to challenge Fabio for the position. So with both of these defenders being set to leave the club this summer, does this mean that United are confident that they will sign Baines as a replacement?
But what does the future hold for the 18 year old? With Spurs and Newcastle both being interested in Fryers, it is unlikely that he will remain a free agent for long.
Tottenham’s main challengers to the left back position are BAE and Danny Rose, who has failed to impress since his winning goal in a North London derby.
Newcastle however have got Santon, Ryan Taylor and Steven Taylor. All 3 players are flexible enough to play in left back when required upon and have enough experience to slot into the position. Something which Danny Rose does not have.
Of course Fryers does not have as much experience as Danny Rose but his FA Youth Cup shows his potential. A huge factor is also that Danny Rose is a make shift left-back. He originally started as a left midfielder but due to the success of Gareth Bale in the left midfield position, they retrained the Englishman to replace Bale.
So overall, if Fryers does become a free agent, I think it would be more likely that Spurs would be able to snatch him up. But with Newcastle being able to offer first team football on a more regular basis, the decision will lie on Fryers who to sign for when his contract expires in the Summer.
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