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No Town Approach For Manchester United Youngster
Friday, 7th Jan 2022 17:42

TWTD understands that contrary to reports Town have not made a loan approach to Manchester United for 18-year-old Spanish left-back Alvaro Fernandez.

While manager Kieran McKenna is aware of the Spanish U19 international from his time at Old Trafford - and interest at a later stage isn’t impossible - the Blues have not currently made a move for the former Real Madrid youngster, as has been reported by Football Insider.

Fernandez is the latest in a long line of Red Devils youngsters to have been linked with Town since McKenna took charge at Portman Road.

Speaking about the links at yesterday’s press conference, McKenna said young players from his old club was just one avenue he would be investigating during the window.

“Obviously, it’s a good market to be able to tap into, not just at United, but I feel like I’ve got really good links at Liverpool, at Tottenham, at Arsenal, at Chelsea and at all of the big academy clubs thankfully from working at those academies [United and Tottenham] for such a long period of time,” he said.

“I’ve got good relationships with all those clubs, so that’s one option of a market for us going forward, but it’s not the only one.

“I’ve enjoyed and worked with experienced players as well, I started coaching the first-team at United when I was 32 and we had players that were 35 and 36, so I’m also very comfortable working with senior players and working with experienced players is something I enjoy as well.

“We have to look across the market and obviously we want to have that balance. It’s good to have young players, hungry players who want to improve with us and develop with us over time but also we need that kind of experience and people who have got lots of games under their belt and know the game well and especially players who have got experience of this league as well.

“So it’s about having that balance and that blend and our recruitment will focus not just for January but in the summer it will be about getting a balance across the spectrum, so we end up with the right mixture and right makeup of the squad we want.”

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Linkboy13 added 18:04 - Jan 7
Looks very young in the video. Would like to see a strong physical presence at left back . Then again McKenna knows his players better than we do so we have to back his judgement.

Billericay12 added 18:04 - Jan 7
We will be linked with any and every Man Utd youngster now for obvious reasons. Not sure that an 18/19 year old with little or no competitive League experience is the answer to our problems. If we are to play 3 at the back though, the 2 wing back roles will be key to our success and not sure that we have either side covered (maybe KVY if fit). Maybe another striker too. We haven’t been scoring too freely of late.

Ipswichbusiness added 18:19 - Jan 7
Linkboy13; I agree. We need hard, experienced men at the back not boys if we are to succeed in this League.

Kentish_Tractor added 18:29 - Jan 7
If we are going to play 5-3-2 then I would say we do need a good attacking wing-back. Never heard of this kid but he has good pedigree and looks a good player from the video (but then so do all of them).

If we revert to 4 at the back then I would like someone more experienced as will need to me more accomplished at defending.

terryf added 18:40 - Jan 7
Come on guys, if we had someone in our U23s, technically gifted, well balanced and with obvious pace we'd be clamouring for him to be given a chance in our first Team. We are unsure when Coulson will be fully fit and we are currently very weak on the left side of defence. As a wing back I think he would be a perfect fit for how McKenna wants to play and be a handful for most the Teams in League One.

ringwoodblue added 19:58 - Jan 7
To be fair, I hadn’t heard of McKenna until a week before he became our manager so not knowing some of these players we are being linked with is probably a good thing.

Plus, if Cook was still manager, we wouldn’t be linked with unknown Premier league youngsters it would be players who have played for him before at Chesterfield, Pompey or Wigan. I know which I would rather have.

Len_Brennan added 20:48 - Jan 7
If we are going to play a 3-4-3 (or 3-4-1-2), I think we need to be looking at Edwards fulfilling his potential & doing what Wes Burns is doing on the right side; he has all the attributes to get up & down the left side, including defensive cover, we just need to get a final product out of him & maybe McKenna is the man to bring that out of him. With a settled back three & 2 strong holding midfielders that can drop back when the wide men push up, there is real potential for a quality footballer like Edwards to make an impact.

JaySwitch added 21:02 - Jan 7
'TWTD understands' 🙄😂

Karlosfandangal added 21:55 - Jan 7
Coulsen looked a good fit for our left back role at the time we signed him. Also sorry to see Clements not getting some game time as he looked good, think he need bulking up and we will have a really good left back there.

ArnieM added 22:05 - Jan 7
Based on KMcK comment about sometimes needing more experienced players in our ranks “ especially at this level “, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us bring in a more senior player at the back. We’ll see .

BildestonBlue added 11:43 - Jan 8
I’d love to see Edwards coached into and given 3/4 games at LWB! We are desperate for someone to claim that spot and give the team more solidity down that flank along with giving the team greater balance to align with the right side going up it.

I’m a little nervous about today, Gillingham aren’t a good side but I’ve been burnt too many times with underwhelming performances after thinking we’ve turned a corner.

Linkboy13 added 13:18 - Jan 8
Don't think Edwards would give us much solidity defensively. Penney played ok against Wycombe although not many on here would admit to that. Left back is definitely a place we need to strengthen.

EuanTown added 13:51 - Jan 8

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