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Manchester United Sign Prodigal Goalkeeper From League Two Side: One For The Future?

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Pratik Das
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In a recent official post, League Two side Stevenage FC confirmed that teenage goalkeeper Elyh Harrison has signed for Premier League giants Manchester United ahead of the 2022/23 season.

“Our very best wishes go to Elyh, and we will follow his career with interest. This is the fourth young player in four years that has been signed from Stevenage’s Academy to a Premier League club” – Chairman Phil Wallace said.

“We have negotiated all of these transfers outside of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) system and therefore delivers significant funding to the Club, alongside a continued financial interest in their success, justifying our huge investment in the Academy”.

“We will continue to upgrade our excellent facilities and invest in the infrastructure that develops young players capable of playing at the highest level of football”.

Although Manchester United haven’t announced the deal yet, Harrison’s name has been included in the official list of first-year academy scholars. According to reports, Manchester United have not made any official communication on the transfer in fear of an uproar as the fans are frustrated at the lack of transfer activity.

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One For The Future?

16-year-old Elyh Harrison trained with Stevenage’s Under-18 side before securing the Premier League move. He also trained with the team’s senior squad last year, which is undoubtedly very premature for someone his age. Tipped to be a star in the future, he is a fantastic addition to the ranks; however, he is not making his way into United’s first-team plans anytime soon. Nonetheless, the academy will help him develop and maximize his potential in the coming seasons.

Dean Henderson is the most recent successful goalkeeper to have come through the ranks, and Harrison could join the list in the forthcoming years. Erik Ten Hag has an excellent reputation for trusting and developing youngsters, so the future seems bright for the prodigal shot-stopper.

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