Sky Sports Scout - Ryan Tunnicliffe
Sky Sports Scout is where we scour the globe looking for the best talent, next up is Ryan Tunnicliffe.
By Sky Sports Scout
Last Updated: 21/05/14 10:41am
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Latest under our scout's gaze is Man United'sRyan Tunnicliffe - recommended by Sky Sports reader Sam Platt.
The scout reports...
Ryan Tunnicliffe is one of the names fast emerging as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's real hopes for the future.
The Manchester-born starlet was first spotted by United scouts at the age of nine playing locally.
During his inaugural years with United he was also spotted by England, and he made his debut for the Under-16s at just 14.
He has made excellent progress through the ranks at Carrington and was tied down to a professional deal when he turned 17.
Now little over 12 months on from signing his first deal, he is a regular in the first-team squad and was recently awarded a squad number.
But just how good a prospect is Tunnicliffe? Well he looks like he has everything in his locker to push on and make a name for himself at Old Trafford.
Like with any hard-working, tenacious midfielder that puts on the red shirt, he already be described as the next Robson, Ince or Keane - and although just 18, Tunnicliffe looks very much in that mould.
Strong in the tackle may be the first thing you notice, but Tunnicliffe is technically very, very good - which is why he has also been used in a number of different roles in United's youth system.
His passing is very good, and although he likes to keep it simple he can pick a long ball when needed as he also has a good footballing brain which means he can be dangerous going forward.
Tunnicliffe has also shown his temperament is excellent after battling back from serious injury sustained last season.
Ferguson only last month singled Tunnicliffe out as having a chance of making it, and not many could argue with him.
The scout says...
With Paul Scholes nearing retirement, United would love another home-grown midfield general to emerge, and Tunnicliffe could be that man.
The next 12-months are likely to see him get his chance to cement his place in the first-team squad, and from there it will be with great interest to see whether he can make the big breakthrough.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 6 out of 10
Passing: 7 out of 10
Tackling: 8 out of 10
Heading: 7 out of 10
Pace: 7 out of 10
Vision: 6 out of 10
Current ability: 6 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING: 58/80
Current value: £1.5million
Potential value: £18million
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