Want to feel old? Yesterday, Angel Gomes became the first 21st century-born player to play in the Premier League. Aged just sixteen, the young man was given around five minutes to show what he can do by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho; and he dazzled.
The English-born attacker has set youth football alight this campaign, and he really has been a joy to watch at the lower age groups.
It was only a couple of nights ago when Gomes scooped the Young Player of the Year award at Manchester United, further proving just how highly thought of he is.
The last week must have been surreal for the 16-year-old, and making his debut must have been the icing on the cake, as well as a real show of faith in him from manager Jose Mourinho.
After making his Old Trafford bow, Gomes took to Twitter to send a message to the fans, as he thanked them for being so welcoming, whilst claiming that making his full debut was a dream come true.
— santi gomes (@agomes_47) May 21, 2017
This is a player who is obviously one for the future. I’d be very surprised if we see him become a first team regular next season, but he could get his chance from off of the bench in the cup games perhaps.
Aside from that, I’d love to see him get another year of youth football under his belt, before going out on loan to hone his skills and play regular, competitive football. So, with that in mind it’ll likely be at least a couple of seasons before he has any realistic chance at becoming a member of Mourinho’s squad proper.