Manchester United are plotting a move for SC Heerenveen defender Kik Pierie next summer. According to recent reports, the Red Devils are preparing to make an offer for the Dutch youngster who is considered as a promising star in the Dutch Eredivisie. The 17-year-old has put in some solid displays for SC Heerenveen this season which has caught the eye of United chiefs.
Pierie was born in the USA and has represented the Netherlands at various youth levels. However, it is believed that the Reds of Manchester will face stiff competition from Manchester City, who are also planning a swoop for the Dutch wonderkid. Pierie has featured in 27 matches for SC Heerenveen this season in all competitions and has an assist to his name so far.
He is highly versatile and can play in a number of different positions across the backline. The teenage defender primarily operates as a centre-back but can also play in the left-back position which makes him an ideal asset for any of his potential suitors.
The Red Devils are currently sitting in the second position in the Premier League standings with a tally of 65 points in 30 league matches. In any other season, Jose Mourinho’s side would be well in contention of winning the league but the record-breaking form of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City has seen them fall behind in the race for the league title. The Citizens of Manchester are leading the Premier League by a massive 13 points with United desperately trying to play catch up with their ‘noisy neighbours’.
The addition of Pierie will undoubtedly bolster Jose Mourinho’s defensive options in a few years time but for now, United need an immediate solution to strengthen their backline ahead of the new campaign. In recent times, Mourinho has proven that he is willing to give his youth players a chance if they can show that they are good enough to start in the Manchester United first-team as evidenced by the rapid emergence of Scott McTominay this year.
Pierie has immense potential which he can look to fulfil at Old Trafford if he is given the opportunity to showcase his talents in the Premier League. However, he is still quite young and unproven in the Premier League which would mean that he has to continue with his development elsewhere or while playing for the United youth teams. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of the Dutch youngster and whether he ends up making a move to the Premier League in the near future.
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