Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett could be loaned out before Thursday’s Football League loan deadline, and might even spent the entirety of next term away from the club.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that certain coaches at Old Trafford are of the opinion that Blackett must toughen up if he’s to ever be a first-team regular in the heart of the defence for Louis van Gaal.
Despite having been promoted to the Dutchman’s setup due to a plethora of injuries to defenders earlier on in the campaign, Blackett hasn’t looked as assured as fellow academy graduate Paddy McNair, and rumours initially suggested he would be let go this summer.
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Staying for the time being
That’s not to be the case though, with the Englishman having penned a new deal at Old Trafford recently. However, he hasn’t featured for the first-team since January 11, perhaps inferring that Van Gaal sees him as a backup option only. If the 20-year-old wants to forge a career in Manchester he’ll need to be higher up the pecking order, and so going on loan might well be a smart move.
With the Football League’s loan deadline set for Thursday a deal could be rushed through if a suitable party is found in England’s lower echelons. A transfer to the Championship would be ideal given the quality of the division, though League One might also be an option if Van Gaal feels it could improve Blackett’s physical presence.
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As for next season the fact that United are prepared to see him move away temporarily suggests that they’re not yet convinced he’s a man who could occupy a first-team spot in the future.
The new deal he signed at Old Trafford in February ties him to the former Premier League champions until 2017, and if he spends the best part of 2016 on loan he’ll have but one year left to earn himself a new contract, or at least qualify for the extra year option embedded in his current one.
The right decision
For the player himself seeking pastures new for a time appears a no brainer. Not only would moving elsewhere give him regular game-time, but it would certainly aid his development better than simply plying his trade for United’s U21 side.
There must surely be the fear that he might end up like Michael Keane in going away on loan only to end up staying permanently, but if Blackett stays it looks like he’ll spend his time on the United bench, only to then be shipped to a side in a lower league after not playing for two years.
United fans what do you think? Is moving away the best chance Blackett has at impressing Van Gaal? Is forcing him out of the right decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...