Aug 2, 2017

Could Watford force a loan move for Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah?

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According to reports from the Daily Mail, Watford boss Marco Silva has enquired about taking Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah on-loan for the upcoming year.

It’s thought that the Hornets are keen on bringing in the versatile 19-year-old as they look to improve on their 17th place finish last season, aiming to add strength in depth across their squad.

But the report claims that United manager Jose Mourinho won’t begin to consider Watford’s approaches until after the UEFA Super Cup final next Wednesday, when they face Real Madrid.

Would Fosu-Mensah fit in at Vicarage Road?

Since being awarded his first-team debut by Louis van Gaal last year – coming on as a second-half substitute in the 3-2 victory over Arsenal – Fosu-Mensah has been regarded a really bright prospect.

His progress may have stagnated a little under new manager Jose Mourinho last season, only being awarded four Premier League appearances, but the fact that the Fosu-Mensah was offered a contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2020, says a lot about the raw potential he has.

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And a year spent at a fellow Premier League side might not be the worst idea, with it unlikely that Fosu-Mensah would feature much at Old Trafford this season, following the recent arrivals of Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.

Rather than spend another campaign struggling for first-team opportunities, gaining more top-flight experience at Vicarage Road could prove to be priceless in his development and further his career.

It is not hard to see why Marco Silva is interested in him either. For a 19-year-old his physicality is quite hard to believe, more powerful than the vast majority of Premier League players already, and the impact he has shown when driving from his own half could cause teams real trouble next season.

It is hard to say where he would fit in at Watford. The arrivals of Nathaniel Chalobah, Will Hughes and Tom Cleverley suggest it wouldn’t be in midfield, so Silva could have a more defensive role in mind.

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Nonetheless, Fosu-Mensah would be more than up to the task of consolidating a leaky Hornets back-line, having had a solid education at Old Trafford in a central role that could provide some much-needed defensive steel.


Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Watford
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
With it unlikely that Fosu-Mensah would feature prominently in Jose Mourinho’s first-team in the upcoming season, it makes a lot of sense for him to be given Premier League exposure elsewhere. But United are challenging on four fronts and could need as many resources as they can get when the season enters the post-Christmas stage, so Mourinho could be reluctant to allow him to leave.
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