Manchester United have confirmed that young defender Tyler Blackett has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club that will see him stay until at least 2017.
Rumours were rife this morning that the academy graduate, who has featured several times for Louis van Gaal’s squad this year due to injuries to his back-line, was set to sign a two-year contract, and the club have officially confirmed that the action has been completed successfully.
In a tweet posted on their official Twitter account the Red Devils stated that Blackett has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third, which is good news for those hoping to see a continuation of the system that has seen so many talented youth products become important members of the first-team in the past.
Along with Paddy McNair, who himself signed a new deal earlier this month, Blackett has filled in when called upon, and though his performances haven’t been so highly-praised as his teammate, he’s still done enough to prove that he can cut it in the Premier League. For the 20-year-old it will offer peace of mind and an end to the rumours that insisted he would be given the chop by Van Gaal this summer.
The starlet said of his new deal: “I'm thrilled. I've supported United all my life... to make my debut this season was a dream come true."
"I'm thrilled. I've supported United all my life... to make my debut this season was a dream come true"
What the deal means
Whether or not the new deal means that Blackett is certain to feature heavily in the first-team squad in the near future remains to be seen, with some of the opinion that he isn’t of the required level if the side are to be challenging for the Premier League title.
What’s more, moving forward the United defence is sure to be given a drastic revamp in the summer, as the club have so far failed to cope with the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
Though none of the trio were still in peak form when they left, their experience was invaluable, and the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans, now the most senior players in the heart of the defence, don’t look comfortable without a natural leader.
Whilst the news regarding Blackett is good for those who want to see young players given a chance at the club it doesn’t change the fact that proven quality is what is needed most. Therefore the only way Van Gaal will escape sceptics is if he can land a Mats Hummels-esque defender come the summer, an ambition that is sure to be incredibly difficult if the Red Devils fail to qualify for the Champions League.
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