Cameron Borthwick-Jackson became one of the emerging prospects from the Manchester United youth academy during the days of Louis van Gaal. However, he was loaned out to Wolverhampton immediately upon the appointment of Jose Mourinho. The 19-year-old made 10 league appearances for United last season and the main reason for being loaned out to a Championship club was to gain experience. However, he has featured in less number of games than he did for United and his loan spell has been cut short as a result, reports the Express Sports.
Wolves appointed manager Paul Lambert as the replacement for Walter Zenga. A managerial change was always going to affect loan players first and foremost. It has proven to be the case, as Lambert has revealed that the club are now looking for more experienced players rather than loan stars. Since the month of November, Borthwick-Jackson has featured in only one game – the 3-2 defeat against Derby County.
Lambert has admitted that the position of the defender will be reviewed in the coming weeks, but it is highly likely that he will return to Manchester United in January. Lambert said:
“Cameron’s obviously on loan here and hasn’t really featured under me, just because I felt we needed a bit more experience.
“He’s a young lad, a tidy and nice footballer and he’s got to fight his way to get into the side.
“But he never lets himself down in training. He trains well.”
“Come January, Kevin Thelwell [sporting director] and myself will start to get the squad we think can help.
“There’s been no official decision on Cameron and won’t be for another few weeks.”
It is a major disappointment for Borthwick-Jackson, who would have been hoping to establish himself as a first-team regular at Manchester United. A return to Old Trafford at the situation would also be beneficial for the player considering that he may very well get some first-team opportunities if the club’s poor run of form continues. Manager Jose Mourinho will be under pressure to introduce some youngsters into the squad in the hope of a discovering the zing, which has not been seen since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Even though Louis van Gaal’s time may have ended in disappointment according to many, it was actually a great time for the club in many ways. The club managed to win a title for the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson after they claimed the FA Cup last season. This was followed by a number of youngsters making through from the academy. Of course, this would not have been surprising when Ferguson was in charge. However, Van Gaal was determined to make the club self-sufficient even though he spent a lot of money in the transfer window.
At the start of his Wolves career, Borthwick-Jackson had a number of excellent performances, especially against Newcastle United. However, he was a casualty of the club’s poor form which left them just a couple of points about the relegation zone when Lambert took charge. Even now, Wolves remain in danger of being relegated once again.