With all the talk this season, well end of season, surrounding a young man called Marcus Rashford and how well he has done in the first team of Manchester United since breaking through, it would be easy to overlook the rest of the youngsters United have and focus your attention on Rashford. Now, if you have the chance to sign Rashford I would recommend you do that although this blog is not about him, it’s about one of the most highly rated youngsters to ever come through the academy at Manchester United………..Callum Gribbin.
Manchester United have come in for some criticism this season about not having any youngsters coming through and the academy is lacking any real talents. True United fans know this is the media talking their usual garbage and far from the truth.
Anyway, enough of real life talk, we have a FM gem to talk about. Callum Gribbin is just 16 years old when you start the game, so not likely to be a first teamer for the first year but you could introduce him in to your team for ‘easy’ games and cup games to give him the experience of being in and around the first team squad.
In your second season, you can start to either introduce him more to the first team squad or loan him out making sure he is a key player for that team and at a level he is suited to. Me? I kept him at the club to make sure he was looked after by top coaches, he could play regularly in the U18, U21 and occasional first team matches where he could improve immensely.
Callum is a right or centre attacking midfielder, with pace, good first touch and pass. I would train him up to be comfortable playing left attacking mid as well so he is complete in all attacking areas and gives you more options. What more do you want eh? How about a stunning free kick, good determination and vision. Sounds like the perfect player to me. He’s currently 21 years old in 2020, his full stats can be seen below.
14 U21 caps with 6 goals is a good return as well as 1 cap for the senior side. His career is still fledgling but give it another season or 2 and he will be the complete baller and worth in the region of £20+ million.