While Chelsea are presently leading the youth revolution movement among “big clubs” in Europe, Manchester United are also giving a large number of talented youngsters get their chances at senior level. While Mason Greenwood is the most well-known of the pack, other players like Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes are also making their impact felt, slowly but surely.
However, young players these days are being increasingly proactive in making career decisions earlier and earlier, and a more likely leave their boyhood clubs if they sniff out better opportunities elsewhere (as we saw in the case of Tariq Lamptey). Manchester United are hoping that this is not the scenario that is going to play out in the case of Angel Gomes, despite his expiring contract this summer. While United are in negotiations with the 19-year-old to extend his stay, and are “hopeful” of doing so, Chelsea have been credited as one of several clubs interested in the England U20 attacking midfielder, who originally hails from London.
Since his senior debut in 2016-17, Gomes has gone on to collect 10 first-team appearances, with 6 of those coming this season. He may be small, but he is a technically gifted, creative attacker with 29 goals and 17 assists in 66 games at youth level — impressive returns by any standards. This is why there is a lot of interest in him across Europe, with clubs hoping to capitalize on the uncertainty.
While Gomes is certainly a good player with a lot of potential, Chelsea are currently stacked at the attacking midfield position. The presence of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley and our own youngster Faustino Anjorin, who is reportedly close to signing a new contract with the Blues are already causing a conundrum at the position. For all his talents, Gomes is far more likely to receive first-team opportunities at Manchester United than at Chelsea at the moment.