Manchester United’s official website has broken the news that the club have agreed a deal with Preston North End for the transfer of 22-year-old striker Will Keane on a season long loan deal.
The striker, who has risen through the ranks at Old Trafford , has failed to impress Louis Van Gaal enough to be granted a squad role this season. After spending years being billed as the next great United Academy product, and being on the fringes of the first team for so long, the young striker’s career has stagnated in the last couple of years and it will not be wrong to suggest that after making his first league appearance for the club way back in 2011/12 season , he has gone backwards.
It is for this precise reason that the Red Devils have sent him out on loan , in the hope that he can rediscover his verve his touch, and get on that road to greatness many predicted for him in his early career.
Since the 2013/14 season , he has enjoyed loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday. Having failed to net even a single goal for the first two , he banged 3 goals in 13 appearances for the Championship club.
At 22, time is fast running out for the youngster to make his name at Old Trafford. He might be in the last chance saloon with this loan move, as it is his final chance to prove he has any future at Old Trafford.
Speaking after the move , Keane was quoted as saying :
“I’m really excited to be here and I’m looking forward to the new season and the challenge ahead.”
He further added:
“I want to come here and do my best to help the team. They had a very successful year last year and hopefully the whole club and the team can build on that this season.”
However, the youngster now has the tough task of convincing his parent club that he may yet have a future with them. If the fact that the club opted to loan him out in a summer where they are short on strikers following Falcao’s departure and the rumoured exit of Robin Van Persie can’t stir up the youngster into action, then nothing can.
United have made their call. It is now Keane’s chance to show the club what they have lost for at least the next season.