Lyndon Tomlinson, assistant head of academy recruitment quits Manchester United
A key member of the club’s recruitment team, he tendered his resignation earlier this week. He is the second high profile name to leave the club this year, following in the footsteps of the former head of first-team development, Nicky Butt.
Tomlinson joined United from rivals Manchester City five years ago, playing a key role in improving the club’s recruitment of young players. The Red Devils have recruited some of the world’s best young talents in recent years and have a number of promising players coming through.
Tomlinson was curiously among those who helped City recruit, Jadon Sancho, from Watford in 2015. Among those he signed at United are Joe Hugill from Sunderland and Monaco’s Hannibal Mejbri. He was also the first one to spot Jude Bellingham, who is now making waves at Borussia Dortmund. (h/t Daily Mail)
United were heavily linked with the young Englishman and looked to have won the race for his signature. He, however, refused the opportunity to move to Old Trafford and sought a switch to the Bundesliga instead. So far, he has had little reason to regret it.
Wherever Tomlinson ends up, it is certain that the concerned club will be getting an excellent eye for talent. Developing one’s own players has gained prominence during recent times, especially so given the financial aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a key position now vacant, who United bring in to replace him remains to be seen. Interesting times await the United academy.
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Tomlinson leaves United a better place than when he arrived. While the circumstances of his departure are yet to be determined, his absence will be felt at the club.