Manchester United’s 18-year-old centre-back, Willy Kambwala, has been promoted to first-team training on Tuesday, after impressing in the Red Devils’ U23 side. Kambwala joined the team in September 2020, after signing from Sochaux for £3.5million.
With Man Utd’s current centre-back options limited due to injuries, Kambwala’s inclusion in first-team training comes at a crucial time for the team.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are both sidelined with injuries, and Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof did little to impress in the team’s recent 3-0 loss to Sevilla.
United will face Tottenham in a crucial match on Thursday, which could secure their place in the top four of the Premier League. This may provide an opportunity for Erik ten Hag to experiment with some of the team’s younger players, including Kambwala, before they take on Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
Despite his lack of experience, United fans are excited about the prospect of Kambwala being thrown into the deep end. Many believe that he has the potential to become a key player for the team in the future.
Kambwala’s playing style is well-suited to the philosophy of Erik ten Hag, who prioritizes possession-based football and building play from the back. Fans have praised Kambwala’s ability to pass the ball out from defence and his comfort on the ball.
It remains to be seen whether Kambwala will make his debut for the team in the upcoming matches, but many fans are hopeful that he will get the opportunity to showcase his talents on the pitch.
As United continue to navigate a difficult season, the emergence of young players like Kambwala could provide a much-needed boost to the team’s fortunes.