This came after he was asked “Is there anyone ready to follow in Sean Longstaff’s footsteps and graduate from the Academy?” during the Chronicle’s Latest Q&A just yesterday.
Watts is an England U-19 centre-back with an impressive eye for a goal, Matty Longstaff is the brother of Sean and an all action midfielder and 20-year-old Nathan Harker is a big goalkeeper who’s stepped into Woodman’s shoes after his inclusion on the bench at senior level of late.
“Sean Longstaff has been in a good place for quite a while now but his success didn’t come from nowhere. He’s worked his socks off behind the scenes and went out on loan to earn his crack at first team life at United. It wasn’t handed to him by any stretch of the imagination. So who comes next?
“I’d say that Kell Watts, Matty Longstaff or keeper Nathan Harker are close but could all do with loan spells at the right clubs.”
As Lee says, all three need loan spells away to gain some much needed experience at first-team level, but it does finally feel like we have a few promising young talents on our books.
Players like Elias Sorensen and Yannick Toure look like two talented young strikers also on our books at U-23 level, while Mo Sangare, Rosaire Longelo Adam Wilson are another three that appear to have something about them.
Let’s hope Sean Longstaff’s emergence is just the first of many when it comes to young players breaking on the scene at senior level.