Transfer News: Fabrizio Romano confirms Manchester United new signing Toby Collyer from Brighton & Hove Albion
The 2004-born player played as a defensive midfielder for Brighton’s academy, who he only joined in 2020. However, it seems that the youngster has already jumped ship to United within a few years of staying with the Seagulls.
Romano confirmed that the player has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with his new club, where he has joined the youth team. With this, the Red Devils have completed the signing of another talented youngster to their academy.
Our youth team is famed for bringing up and developing several first-team stars over the years, and Collyer will also look to follow in the same path to break into the senior side with time.
This season as well, we have seen 19-year-old Anthony Elanga make an impression under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, while Alejandro Garnacho was called up to the senior Argentina national team to play alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Lautaro Martinez.
Romano also revealed previously that Collyer has already led England’s youth teams out as skipper of the side, which says a lot about how talented the player is. Along with his abilities, we are also getting a future leader amidst our youth ranks.
Carrington has always been regarded as a talent factory, developing starlets from a young age to becoming first-team regulars for years and years at United. The club has a rich history of giving youngsters the opportunities to shine.
In recent times too, we have seen academy products like Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, and Scott McTominay break into the senior side and establish themselves. Elanga seems to be on his way in that regard, and a few more youngsters may be knocking on the doors of the first team soon.
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Hopefully, we see Collyer also develop into a fine, young midfielder during his time with the youth teams. Defensive midfield has been a weak link for us for a while now, and perhaps we can mould the England youth player to take on the role for himself in the future.