This season Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 26th year in charge of Manchester United. Since 1986 many things have changed around Old Trafford, yet one that has remained is the Scot’s footballing philosophy.
Youth has been an integral part of operations at Manchester United since the beginning and Sir Alex is not about to stop now.
According to the Metro, Sir Alex is willing to put aside up to £5 million for Ajax wonder kid Viktor Fischer. Described as the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo by Denmark under 19 head coach Thomas Frank, Ferguson is reportedly considering the 18-year as a long term replacement for this summer’s signing Robin van Persie.
Fischer has only been included in the Ajax senior squad as of this season yet burst onto the scene last year. The striker finished as top scorer in last season’s inaugural NextGen series, netting 7 times as his Ajax side reached the final. The forward also scored a hat trick against Liverpool in a friendly last season and netted a trio earlier this week, yet it is his international form that is even more impressive. Fischer scored 20 goals in 30 games for the Danish U-17 squad and 3 goals in 5 games at U-18 level.
The striker has been involved in the Ajax first team this season yet has admitted that he would be tempted by a move away from the Amsterdam ArenA despite having two years left on his contract. Fischer has been complimented on his talents but also his hunger to develop and improve – the striker is often renowned to be hungry even after scoring 2 or 3 goals. Ferguson will certainly be impressed by such an attitude as he seeks a long-term goal threat after van Persie has hung up his boots.
Other than that there is not an awful lot to say about Fischer. The youngster has yet to establish himself at any senior level, club or national side that may be viewed as a negative by the United staff. Yet other than that, there is only upside for the Danish youngster. He is a natural finisher and can create goals, something that has been demonstrated through his impressive goal scoring record.
At 18 years old the possibilities are endless for Viktor Fischer. Sir Alex might have the fork out close to the £5 million mark. Yet as an investment for the future, it seems like a bargain to me.