Three Potential Replacements If Celtic Don’t Sign Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster might be heading back to Southampton in the next few moths, once his loan deal expires. Celtic will no doubt want to keep him but it’s not a forgone conclusion.

Given how influential the shot-stopper has been for the Scottish champions this season, he will take some replacing. Forster is in his fourth spell with the team, after he moved back last August. He has kept 14 clean sheets in the Scottish Premiership this season, which is the joint-highest along with Rangers’ Allan McGregor

Neil Lennon is sure to try his best to bring Forster back next season on a permanent or loan deal. If that can’t be done, he will need to have some other options. Here are three ‘keepers who could replace the Englishman in the 2020/21 campaign. 

Vaclav Hladky (St Mirren) 

St Mirren goalie Vaclav Hladky has been exceptional since he arrived in Scotland from Slovan Liberec in the 2019 January transfer window. The Buddies man is expected to leave Paisley when his contract expires this summer, with Celtic thought to be interested in his services along with Rangers. 

If Celtic tell the Czech keeper that he will be their number one choice next season, that could help persuade him to join the Bhoys ahead of Rangers. Hladky may be in goal for Czech Republic at Euro 2020 where his country is 250/1 in the betting online with Betfair. He would prove to be fantastic business for Celtic on a free transfer. 

Joe Hart (Burnley) 

It was not long ago that Joe Hart was starting in goal for Premier League champions Manchester City and England. Over the last couple of years, he has been out on loan in Italy and had spells with West Ham and Burnley. 

Hart is expected to leave Burnley when his contract expires this summer. He has not played much football over the last 12 months, so he may see his future away from the Premier League. 

Given his experience and quality, Lennon could see the 33-year-old as the perfect replacement for Forster if he can tempt the former England number one north of the border. 

Joe Lewis (Aberdeen) 

Aberdeen ‘keeper Joe Lewis has been in Scotland for four seasons now. In that period, he has established himself as one of the best in the league. 

The former Peterborough United and Cardiff City man helped Aberdeen finish runners-up to Celtic in the SPL in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns. He has also played in three cup finals in that period at the club. 

If Celtic want to strengthen from inside Scotland and, at the same, time hamper one of their rivals, signing Joe Lewis from Aberdeen would make sense. 

The 32-year-old has a number of years left at the top level, therefore, he would not be a short-term fix to the role. A deal would, however, need to be reached with Aberdeen, who are less than likely going to want to sell their goalkeeper. 

Given his connection with the fans, Fraser Forster will be the preference between the sticks next season for Celtic. If he can’t return, expect to see The Hoops fill that position with another player of high quality once again.

Kai Havertz Would Be Better Option For Chelsea

Chelsea have been heavily linked with bringing in a new playmaker.

It has been widely reported that The Blues had lined up Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho. But today, The Metro have suggested that Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz has now become Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s top transfer target.

Personally, I think The Blues would be much better off by signing the young German.

When you look at Chelsea’s history under Roman Abramovich’s ownership the good players that came in with a strong reputation but not the finished articles have performed better than those that were already word class.

Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard all arrived good players, very good players, but they developed into and departed as world class talents. Whereas Juan Sebastian Veron, Hernan Crespo, Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres all arrived as world class renowned players but failed to live up to their reputations.

Coutinho has undoubted talent but alas it hasn’t worked out for him at Barca. He was loaned out to Bayern Munich this term and although he’s done ok it has not been enough for the German giants to make the move a permanent one.

That will have raised question marks in the scouting department at Stamford Bridge.

At just twenty years of age, Havertz will be a player that’s hungry to prove himself at the highest level and compete with Chelsea’s other talented youngsters.

In thirty-four appearances so far this season, Kai has contributed to Leverkusen’s impressive season with ten goals and seven assists. In his twenty-two Bundesliga starts, Havertz has a strong passing success rate of 87% (Stats from Whoscored).

The young German internationalist is probably at his best as a number ten but he can also be used as an unorthodox number nine, as a right winger or as a central midfielder.

The Aachen native has great instincts when it comes to making runs into the box and he’s also good with both feet. He has the pace to beat defences, the control to hold onto the ball and the ability to remain cool under pressure when finishing off chances. The youngster is also very tidy on the ball!

The technically gifted player is also decent with his head and his performances for Bayer Leverkusen have seen him earn seven caps for his national side, scoring for Germany against Argentina.

The twenty year old has recently stated that he could be ready to depart Leverkusen and going abroad doesn’t seem to phase him either:

“I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges,”

“For me, this also includes abroad.”

Via The Mirror

Chelsea could be an ideal destination for Kai.

Blues boss Lampard is keen on getting a team full of talented youngsters, it really looks like the Premier League side could be finally building dynasty at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz would fancy his chances of getting into that team and helping them to success.

Lille’s Victor Osimhen Could Be Ideal Aubameyang Replacement At Arsenal

Recent reports suggest Arsenal have pulled out of contract talks with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Source Football365).

The Gabon international’s current deal expires next summer and you can only imagine that the Gunners will be willing to cash in on the thirty year old during this summer’s transfer window.

If Arsenal do indeed go on and sell Aubameyang, then obviously Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will have to earmark a replacement.

One potential target could be and should be Lille OSC forward Victor Osimhen.

Twenty-one year old Osimhen has had a very successful debut campaign with the French side. He has bagged thirteen Ligue 1 goals in twenty-seven appearances. He has also scored two strikes in the Champions League and three more in the French domestic cup competitions.

So in total, Victor has eighteen goals in thirty-eight games this season.

The youngster has also collected four league assists in his twenty-five starts.

The striker has now won nine caps for Nigeria and has scored four goals for the Super Eagles.

Like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Osimhen is better when he’s deployed through the middle but he can also play on the wings.

The Nigerian can be deadly and explosive inside the opposition’s penalty box. He possesses a good first touch and can spin at pace, thus allowing him to gain much needed space within the penalty area. Victor can finish with either foot and likes to play on the shoulder of the centre-halves.

The young forward isn’t just a speed merchant. He has the strength to hold up play and the intelligence to bring other attacking teammates into the game.

Now as a teenager Victor actually turned down The Gunners:

“Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time,”

“I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18. I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically.”

Via The Independent

That comment might actually be a good sign for the North London giants, if they do indeed attempt to sign the player. It shows us that he wants to progress and he thinks fairly highly of Arsenal. The Gunners could provide the best step up to a bigger club but still have a straight forward path into their first eleven.

If Arsenal and Arteta are looking for a pacey, lethal hitman in the same mould as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then Victor Osimhen could be that man.

He has plenty of potential and could be a perfect foil in alongside Alexandre Lacazette.

Lockdown Leaves Big Question Mark Hanging Over Rangers Move For Hagi

There’s no doubting that Ianis Hagi possess a fair amount of talent.

His dad Gheorghe Hagi was a Romanian legend and the younger Hagi already looks set to be a beloved fan favourite for his nation’s fans.

Ianis flourished in his homeland and he made the move to Italy with Fiorentina in 2016. But the then teenager struggled to make an impact in Serie A and he moved back to Romanian side Vitorul Constanta.

He caught the attention of various European sides as he enjoyed a fine tournament during the U21 European Championships in 2019.

Belgium came calling and Genk signed him up for around €8m on an bonus heavy transfer last summer.

After spending the opening months of the season at Genk, playing fourteen top flight games and scoring three goals, Hagi was then loaned out to Rangers.

Hagi has since played twelve times for The Light Blues and scoring another three goals.

There have been some standout moments. In particular was his inspiring performance against Braga in the Europa League. The maestro scored twice as he helps Rangers overcome a two goal deficit. His first strike was a lovely left footed drive from outside of the box and his second was a right-footed deflected freekick that won his team the game.

That second half showing against Braga highlighted all that’s good about the protege. He is excellent with both feet, he can excel in tough games, he thrives in front of big crowds, can score goals, shines with his set-pieces and is impressive when given licence to roam.

Unfortunately there have been other games in which Ianis has failed to shine. Sometimes the action passes him by and he looks a bit light.

As he’s still young and playing in yet another foreign league it is hard to tell whether we’ve seen the real Ianis Hagi yet.

The game against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, which was the fixture that was the first called-off due to the Coronavirus pandemic, was probably going to be a match that would be the litmus test on whether Hagi could prove to be a real spark in Scotland.

Had he been able to provide a performance reminiscent of his dad in that particular tie then you could allow him more time to get used to the Scottish game, as he would be able to adapt.

On the other hand, had he collapsed under the intense pressure of that fixture then chances are Gers boss Steven Gerrard would probably pass on making his loan deal permanent.

Lockdown now gives Rangers the toughest of tasks.

Do they risk hard money of potential or keep their powder dry for someone with more experience?

All of Ianis Hagi’s goals for Rangers have come at vital times, as well as the Braga brace he also conjured up a winner against Hibs. The Romanian internationalist has also provided two assists in his nine starts for the Ibrox side.

Hagi has a terrific skill-set. He possesses pace, has a superb dribbling technique and he always wants to be on the ball.

But again it will boil down to whether or not he can shine consistently. Rangers will need to use him as a maverick like number ten and they might need to give him more time to find that consistency in that role.

Time might be a luxury that Rangers can ill-afford as they look to stop Celtic from securing yet another historic title.

Importantly the player himself was enjoying his experience in Glasgow:

“I was feeling really good at Rangers.” 

“Happy. It’s really important for a football player to be happy – and I can see I was happy there. Playing at Ibrox provides a player with unique moments.”

“Everybody could see that I was happy on the pitch. And obviously my football was getting better and better every day. Life in Glasgow was good too.”

Via Daily Record

So it will all boil down to Steven Gerrard.

Does he want to have a fluid maestro in his side trying to unlock defences? Can he wait for Ianis to find his feet fully? Can Rangers afford to spend a fair chunk of any transfer budget on the forward? Can a season long loan deal be done?

These are all questions that will need to be answered in coming months. One thing I’m sure about is that the Rangers gaffer would have loved to have seen more of the young Romanian star before making up his mind.

Celtic Should Be Spending Lockdown Trying To Tie Down Fraser Forster

After today’s news from UEFA, it’s looking increasingly likely that Celtic will be crowned the Scottish champions for the 2019-20 season (Source BBC Sport).

Even if that were to happen, it doesn’t necessarily mean that next season is any closer. The SPFL will still have to wait and see when lockdown is lifted and when politics and science dictates that the beautiful game can return in some capacity.

But that doesn’t mean that Celtic can just sit back and celebrate what could be their ninth league title in a row. They will need to make sure that they’ve got the best squad possible to go for a historic tenth straight Premiership crown.

With that in mind, it should be a priority for Hoops boss Neil Lennon to re-sign goalkeeper Fraser Forster on a permanent deal.

Fraser became an England internationalist during his first stint as a Celtic number one. He then made a big impression at Southampton in the Premier League following his £10m move in the summer of 2014 (Source The Telegraph).

But injuries and a loss of form meant that Fraser lost his starting berth at St Mary’s in recent seasons. At the start of this term he was views as The Saints fourth choice goalie.

Lennon decided to make a move and he brought the Englishman back to Parkhead.

I’m not going to lie, I thought it was an odd move. I believed the Celtic gaffer already had two good keepers in Craig Gordon and Scott Bain. They’re both Scottish internationalists and offered different qualities.

Plus I was unsure if Fraser Forster was now a broken goalkeeper after his lack of activity and his fall from grace on the English south coast.

Yet ‘The Great Wall’ returned and was sensational for The Hoops before the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown Scottish football.

He made very important saves as Celtic looked great during the group stages of the Europa League. The Scottish champs topped a group that included Lazio, Rennes and Cluj.

Fraser also had a sensational outing against Glasgow rivals Rangers in the League Cup final. The Gers created countless chances but just couldn’t find a way past the hint shot stopper. That included Fraser saving Alfredo Morelos’ penalty.

After the Celtic cup final win, Gers boss Steven Gerrard could only come out and praise the opposition keeper:

“He was certainly outstanding. I think he had one of the best games of his career today, unfortunately for us, but you have to give credit where it’s due.”


Fraser Forster and his Rangers rival Allan McGregor both led the table for most cleansheets thus far this season, both had managed to keep fourteen cleansheets. It should be noted that the Celtic loanee managed to better McGregor in the number of saves he made. Forster made fifty-one compared to Allan’s forty-three.

Neil Lennon clearly trusts the goalie and Fraser will have loved playing football again and reignited his love affair with the Parkhead side.

His giant stature makes for a daunting presence for oncoming opposing strikers. He has shown us that his reflexes and shot-stopping hasn’t been dulled after a sustained lack of game time before his loan spell. The keeper is also terrific when it comes to penalty saves and he instills confidence into those that play in front of him.

At thirty-two years of age, it could also be argued that the 6ft7 goalkeeper is still in his peak years!

I have no doubts that Celtic will already be thinking ahead to next season. With that in mind I can only think that they will already have a deal in place to bring Fraser Forster back to Celtic Park on a permanent basis. He could be a big difference maker for the club as they think about getting to ten in a row!

Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer Would Be Good Defensive Acquisition For Arteta’s Arsenal

Media reports suggest that Arsenal will make a move for Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer once the transfer window reopens (Via The Scottish Sun).

Personally I think it could be a very astute move from Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

Some of Arsenal’s faithful might be nervous about going back into the Scottish market and purchasing another player from the Scottish Premiership champions.

They paid a lot for left-back Kieran Tierney last summer and his debut season has been curtailed by injuries. That being said I think they’ve seen enough of the Scottish internationalist to understand that he is a good player and will hopefully stay fit and improve their backline. Trust me Tierney has the ability to shine in the Premier League much like fellow Scot Andrew Robertson has done at Liverpool.

Arteta certainly won’t scoff at the standard of the Scottish game, as he himself played for Rangers during his early days as a player.

Norwegian international Ajer has all the tools needed to fit into the style Mikel wants to implement at The Emirates.

Kristoffer is happy to play from the back and having the ball at his feet. The defender is versatile and fast enough to play as a right-back but he’s more suited to playing as a centre-back. His intelligence, mobility and ability on the ball also means he can fill-in as a holding midfielder if needed.

He may only be twenty-two years of age, but he already has plenty of experience to his name. After impressing in Norway with IK Start, Ajer would captain that side as a sixteen year old, he moved to Celtic in what was a bargain deal for the Glasgow club.

Ayer would move to Kilmarnock on a loan deal. He impressed there and that move got him used to the Scottish game. Once back at Celtic Park, the youngster managed to break into their first-team side. Ajer has been a regular ever since, helping the Glasgow giants to back to back domestic trebles.

The player has also started making a name for himself for his international side, he now has 14 caps for Norway.

It’s no coincidence that Leicester City are also interested in the defender’s signature (Source Leicester Mercury). Foxes gaffer Brendan Rodgers was a big fan of the Norwegian’s when the two worked together at Parkhead:

“I think he’ll go to the very highest of the game,” said Brendan Rodgers.

“He did very well out on loan with Kilmarnock and then came back to us last year and did very well.”


Ajer would probably flourish alongside an elder statesman if he joined The Gunners. Someone like Sokratis or David Luiz.

Being 6ft5, Kristoffer is also very good in the air and can be a threat in both boxes. He’s also a young player that isn’t scared of the big occasions, in fact he seems to thrive in the important games.

Much like former Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk, Ajer looks elegant when playing at the back. For me, he has been the best centre-half to play for The Hoops since Van Dijk’s departure in 2015.

I have no doubts that Kristoffer Ajer would raise his standards if he moves to the English top flight. He learns quickly and plays to his strengths very well. He is extremely bright and is someone who continually strives to get better.

I think if he were to leave Celtic this summer, then Arsenal might be an ideal destination. I believe he would flourish under Mikel Arteta and improve The Gunners backline.

Target Harry Kane Could Be Right Signing At Wrong Time For Man United

Two years ago. maybe even last summer, and Harry Kane would have been a perfect signing for Manchester United.

A prolific marksman that has proven himself at Tottenham Hotspur. He has banged in Premier League goals, he’s grabbed strikes in the Champions League and he’s on his way to becoming England’s all-time leading goalscorer.

As the Coronavirus takes hold of the world, football has realised it’s no different and the pandemic is starting to hit football clubs.

According to reports in The Daily Mail, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is ready to sanction Kane’s sale if Man United pay a world record £200m fee for the hitman’s services.

Unfortunately I just think Harry Kane is no longer what United need and it might be better that they look elsewhere.

First off, like everyone else, Man Utd will probably need to rethink their transfer budget (once football comes out of the current lockdown).

Had current Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho still been in charge at Old Trafford it would have made a lot more sense.

Jose always likes consistency when it comes to a reliable scoring striker, almost target-man like, leading the line for his team. Remember he had the likes of Didier Drogba, Gabriel Milito, Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku to call upon during his managerial career.

Yet under current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils have been more inclined with a fluid frontline. That has seen Lukaku depart for Inter Milan while Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Daniel James and Mason Greenwood have started to flourish with more game time and attacking responsibility.

I’d argue that bringing in Kane would unsettle and stunt the growth of the current crop at Old Trafford. Harry needs to play every week and he needs to be the focal point to a team. Basically you probably need to build your team around him and his strengths.

That will see Martial and Rashford pushed to the wings or onto the bench. We know that these two lose interest if they believe that they have no chance to play through the middle. Greenwood has looked great when he has come on this term and bringing in Kane would just limit Mason’s chances.

During this term Martial has managed to equal his best Premier League scoring tally while Rashford has already bettered his.

Ole has already stated he wants to see Anthony and Marcus build a prosperous relationship at United and for years to come:

“They’ll play many, many years together, hopefully, so if they get an understanding of each other, because both are very good at coming in off the left. Then the relationship of, if one of them plays centrally, then the other one has to have opposite movements, because they go out-to-in sometimes. When they play central, they go in-to-out on those runs, so I think, in the coming years, we’ll see loads of combinations between those two.”

Via ManUtd,com

Surely Man United would be better served by going after another forward that can play anywhere in the final third and not just as a number nine.

Then there’s Harry Kane’s persistent injury record. The striker always seems to pick up an injury, usually an ankle knock, and at vital times during a season too.

Can you really risk spending a world record fee on a player that seems to pick up injuries at the worst possible times?

Can I see Harry Kane in a Manchester United shirt?

Yes, just not this one.

I think he was the perfect signing but not now. United need to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and back his plan for Man United. I just don’t see that plan being centred around Harry Kane!

Steve Bruce Could Be Victim Of Possible Newcastle United Takeover

Newcastle United fans could be set to celebrate the departure of Mike Ashley.

The current owner of the Tyneside club is reportedly about to sell his stake in the Premier League outfit (Via BBC Sport).

Now the potential new consortium does involve Saudi money and that might feel queasy to those Magpie supporters that care about countries and their human rights record but the vast majority of the United faithful will just be pleased that they won’t have to see Ashley at their beloved club’s helm any longer.

To keep that good feeling going the ‘new owners’ will have to set out a detailed plan to bring the club and the community back together.

The best way in doing that is by showing ambition.

The fans will want to see a project that has them at the heart of things and Newcastle challenging for honours.

That will mean a huge decision will have to be made straight away… Who is the best person to manage the club at this key time?

Current Toon boss Steve Bruce will no doubt hope to continue as the team’s manager.

Bruce has stated this is his dream job because he grew up supporting Newcastle United. The Englishman hasn’t done badly in the St James’ hot-seat. He has managed to guide his side to a mid-table spot before lockdown ensued. Steve seems to be getting a lot from a decent, at best, squad.

But he hasn’t had a huge backing from those in the stands. It wasn’t an ambitious appointment, his football teams aren’t known for playing exciting football and that is a what the Toon support want to see from their team. Then there’s the fact that Bruce has had a few failed attempts on his CV without too much top flight successes and one of his former employers were rivals Sunderland.

Personally I don’t think Newcastle Utd fans see Steve Bruce as the man to guide them back to a Premier League top six place or as the manager that ends their search for silverware!

It will all depend on what the potential new owners want to do. If they want to gee up the crowd and show ambition to step up a few levels then they will probably have to replace Steve Bruce.

Maybe they could bring back former coach Rafa Benitez.

Rafa was a massive fan favourite and has a glowing CV. He can attract better players, if he has a beard that will back him.

The Spaniard stated the big reason for his departure was the current owners, if that were to change then maybe Rafa could return to Tyneside:

“After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.”

Source – Talksport

If I were the new owners of Newcastle United I would want to make an instant impact and ingratiate myself to the support.

Is there a better way in doing that than bringing back cult hero Rafa Benitez? He already possesses the trust of the fanbase, he knows the club inside out and is a manager who can attract better players toSt James’ Park.

Even if the possible new regime cant persuade Rafa to come back, I fear Steve Bruce’s days at Newcastle United are numbered. The new broom will want to usher in a new era of hope and that will require a top calibre manager to set them up for an exciting longterm project.

Man City’s Pep Guardiola Will Have To Make A Big Decision Regarding Kyle Walker

Manchester City’s Kyle Walker has been full of contradictions lately and it may cost him his career, as he knows it.

He released a message asking supporters to stay at home and protect The NHS:

The English fullback also stated his admiration for his manager, Pep Guardiola, after the coach donated a large chunk of money to a Coronavirus relief fund:

“I dropped him a text message last night saying hope you are OK, and I hope the family is well and fair play for donating the amount of money that you have donated.”

VIA Manchester Evening News

Pep had indeed donated €1m to that fund as the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged its way through his homeland in Spain. It was then announced that Pep had lost his mother to the deadly virus (Source – CNN).

Unfortunately for Kyle Walker he decided to not follow his own advice and stick to the lockdown guidelines.

Instead newspapers including The Metro were reporting that the England international played host to ‘a sex party’ at his flat, which involved; Walker, a friend and two sex workers.

The defender has since publicly apologised for his actions and he is facing a fine of two weeks wages by employers Man City (Via Daily Mail).

But could he face further, more significant, ramifications for his lousy actions?

Various media reports suggest England boss Gareth Southgate is set to end Walker’s international career. The England manager will believe his players need to set standards and Kyle fell well below those standards at a time when the nation was suffering.

If Gareth Southgate does decide to drop Kyle Walker for good, then he’ll be happy knowing he can count on the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier to come in and replace him.

As well as potentially losing his England spot, the right-back could be at risk of being frozen out at his club too.

We all know that Pep is an honourable man and he’s not a manager that likes to see his players hit the front pages due to a salacious scandal. You then factor in just how personal the coronavirus has become to the Guardiola and his family, I can’t see him being overly enamoured with Walker’s behaviour during this crisis.

Then there’s the fact that Kyle isn’t a young kid, at twenty-nine years of age he should have known better and acted like a professional during this lockdown.

You then need to factor in that the fullback has become a bit of a liability this season. His consistency levels have dropped as has his intensity levels. Pep will certainly not view Walker as being irreplaceable.

Kyle Walker’s career won’t be over due to his monumental error. Players have survived worse scandals but they are usually affected in some way, whether it be abuse from fans or being dropped by club and/or country.

His Manchester City tenure might well be over, that will depend very much on Pep Guardiola’s ability to forgive. Whatever happens Kyle Walker should be deeply ashamed of himself as he let his club, country and colleagues down!

Scott McTominay Could Be A Throwback That Gets Man United Back On Track

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It was interesting hearing about the frustrations Paul Scholes has when looking at this era’s midfielders (Via BBC’s Football Daily).

A particular criticism the Manchester United legend had was that middle-men didn’t take enough risks. He feels midfielders should be winning the ball, playing passes and also charging forward to help out attacking teammates.

His former team, United, might just have a player of that ilk though.

I think Scott McTominay could be a midfielder that likes to do it all.

Now I don’t think the Scottish internationalist is quite of the standard of a Paul Scholes but Scott’s shown us this season that there’s more to his game than just sitting back and winning tackles.

I think we all misjudged McTominay when he was first given a regular chance in Red Devils jersey under Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss would use Scott as a disciplined holding midfielder. At times the youngster looked to be a bit of a boring robot. As United’s performances started to become stale, Man United fans were concerned that McTominay wasn’t good enough to keep a place in the team.

The Man Utd hierarchy would then dump Jose and United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in to bring success back to Old Trafford.

The Norwegian has had mixed success thus far but things have started to look a bit brighter (before lockdown). Yet McTominay has probably been the most consistent and brightest star in the last twelve months.

As well as being disciplined in his defensive approach, when called upon, the twenty three year old has impressed with his passing and he’s also started venturing forward.

In big games, McTominay is fast becoming the United star that galvanises the rest of his teammates. He will gee up his fellow United players with his constant shouting and he will lead by example by covering every blade of grass.

He has started winning balls in higher positions too, which allows United to break in more dangerous positions. In terms of possession, Scott had a passing success rate of 79% when the coronavirus struck, which isn’t bad and as Scholes says it’s ok to forget about that stat if you are trying to get the ball forward more often.

Only forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have scored more than McTominay’s four Premier League for United this term. In the four goals he grabbed in the league, his team managed to win in three of them. Scott also again showed he’s a big game player by scoring against rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.

French maestro Paul Pogba has missed most of this term due to injury but McTominay has stepped up to become a leader and a strong all-rounder in the engine room.

United boss Solskjaer was quick to praise the young midfielder and realise that he could potentially be a star for his team:

“Scott has never ever let us down and he never disappoints when he plays,”

“He is so athletic, he can play in different positions. Today we feel that’s his best position, like a high midfielder, but he can play in that defensive role easily, like he has done against PSG and Liverpool. So I was very, very pleased with him.”


This should just be the start for Scott McTominay and he should look to make even greater strides when he’s allowed to play football once again.

I hope he remains disciplined, takes more risks going forward and add to his goals and assists tally. I believe he can do that and remain one of his side’s best players.