Manchester United have always had this rich history and tradition when it comes to promoting and developing players from within their squad, and that has been a joy to watch. We saw another little glimpse into the future on the final day of the season, with Jose Mourinho starting a whole host of academy players.
Every single one of them did a wonderful job from first minute right until last. The harsh reality of football is that it is almost impossible for every single one of these guys to get a regular run in the side.
Right now, that’s the case for Regan Poole; a supremely talented centre-back who made his debut on the same night as Marcus Rashford did well over twelve months ago now.
The Welshman, now 18, has been playing for the reserves for pretty much all season and more often than not he has put in some commanding displays. Poole has two-years left on his current deal at the Theatre of Dreams, and has been speaking to the media about his aims and goals here.
As you’d imagine, the dream for him is to become a Manchester United regular. In the game that we love, sometimes managers tend to look towards the quick fix with a big-money signing, and in honest an manner, Poole has confirmed that it can sometimes be frustrating when he sees the club spend millions to bring in a player who plies his trade in the same position.
“I’ve had a little taste of the first team and that’s what I want again,” Regan Poole is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
“But I’m only 18 and sometimes you just have to step back and think: ‘I’ve still got a few years there and I’ve still got time’. So I just have to be a little bit patient and wait.”
“You see these centre-backs coming in for millions of pounds and sometimes it does get you down, but I’ve still got a long time there and hopefully I get longer after my contract ends.”
First of all, I love his honesty. It can’t be easy for him to watch Mourinho spend £20million+ on Eric Bailly, who although he has been fantastic is only a couple of years older than Poole. It really is refreshing to see, and I read it as Poole sending a little message to the manager as if to let him know that he is still here.
In the same interview, the defender confirmed that he would indeed like to go out on loan next season and I’d like to see him get that opportunity. You only have to look at what Andreas Pereira did out in Spain over the last year, and now he’ll be coming back to Manchester with competitive minutes under his belt, and a much better player for it.
“It’s a tough one because I’m developing under the best coaches in the world at United, and it’s all about what the club thinks is best for me.
“But I would like to get out on loan. I miss playing in the league, there was nothing better.” Poole stated.
He still has years ahead of him and although it is hard, biding his time is the best thing for him right now. Poole is saying all the right things and he seems to have a wise head on his shoulders, and I’ve no doubt that he will get his chance at some point.