Manchester United is well known for having one of the best youth academies in the world and Shea Lacey is the latest future star who has got the fanbase talking.
From Ryan Giggs to Marcus Rashford, United have a knack for producing exciting forward players. Giving young players a chance to thrive is one of the fundamental building blocks that United are built upon.
It only takes a quick Google search to realise just how much hype is currently surrounding Lacey. Born in 2007, he is just 15 years old and yet he already plays with a swagger beyond his years.
The phrase ‘he doesn’t score tap-ins’ would be putting it lightly when it comes to Lacey. The outrageous solo goal he scored at the start of the year in the Rewe Junior Cup exploded on social media.
Several attributes of his shine through in this particular clip. His special awareness in tight situations and composure are both second to none.
He manoeuvres his body in a way that he is able to drift in and around defenders like they aren’t even there. What’s perhaps most impressive is his ability to use both feet which keeps defenders guessing.
The cherry on top is the outrageous chip to finish the move off. Almost like a young Ronaldinho, Lacey has an abundance of flair and trickery about him.
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Given his outstanding technical skills, it will come as no surprise to learn that Lacey has been playing above his age group for the Under-18s.
So far this season he has made six appearances in the U18 Premier League and he has three goal contributions in that time. For the Under-18s he has predominantly played as a right-winger, although he can also play through the middle or on the left-hand side.
Along with impressing at club level, Lacey has also made an impact on the international stage. Having played for England’s Under-15s and Under-16s, he is a well-known name in the England youth ranks.
His older brother Paddy Lacey has also had a career in football and has played for the likes of Accrington Stanley and Barrow throughout his career.
When watching his younger brother make his debut for England, Paddy recalls being flooded by emotion. “It was the first game when I went over to Italy to watch him and they were singing the national anthem,” Paddy told the Manchester Evening News.
“He’s standing there with the shirt on and I was welling up with tears just thinking how far he’s come.
“I’m in constant conversation with Man United and you never want it to go to his head, where he starts to dwell on clips and not focus on the next game. Shea has just always wanted more, more goals and assists, to play better.
“I think only injuries could stop Shea in his career, with his mindset and ability. When I look at myself at that age, both of my younger brothers are so much more mentally mature than I was. They’re just streets ahead.”
If he manages to carry on at his current trajectory, then United fans will have a star on their hands. He certainly seems to have an eye for the spectacular.
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