Tyler Blackett joined the list of youngsters extending their stay at Manchester United by inking a contract that will keep him at the club till 2017. There is an option of a further year extension. Blackett, who can play at central defence or left-back has seen his wages increase astronomically from £2,000 to £20,000.
What this also emphasizes is the fact that the strategy at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal is intact. The strategy was always to focus on youngsters and try and give as much football action as possible.
By inking the new deal, Blackett joins a list of select youngsters from the United Academy who have signed extensions lately. Patrick McNair, Jesse Lingard and Reece James have pledged their future to the club in the past weeks.
Blackett is highly-rated youngster and is considered to be one of the sparkling graduates from the famed academy. He had a wonderful pre-season tour which pushed him to the horizons of first team.
Injuries to first-team players (primarily defenders) left the manager looking for options early in the season. And, Blackett didn’t disappoint by putting worthy performances one after the other.
Though the performances got tapered a little, there was no doubting of the abilities of the defender. There were many defenders linked with the club during the winter transfer window. But, the plan was always to get Blackett on board with a lengthy contract.
And it is not just Blackett. McNair impressed in whatever little opportunities he got. Lingard was considered very unlucky to have got injured right in the first match of the season. Van Gaal spoke highly of the player’s commitment and improved fitness at various points.
Young players signing long term deals at the club gels well with the club’s strategy of promoting more academy graduates into the first team. This also helps the team meet the home grown quota numbers.