Sheffield United have completed a first signing of the summer, with Manchester United teenager, Owen Hampson, penning a deal at Bramall Lane.
Hampson has been with the club for a few months already, having been taken on trial by United. He played a number of times of the under-18s before the season came to a close in May.
The 16-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal with the Blades, bringing an end to his ten-year spell in Manchester. And while there was no official word from the club about the signing, Sampson was quick to take to Instagram to confirm his good news.
Sampson is the latest in a long line of young talents to emerge from the Manchester United ranks in recent seasons.
However, he also joins a club in Sheffield United who have a rich history of producing young players themselves. The current England squad has four home-grown talents in the squad, following Aaron Ramsdale’s call-up this week.
Sampson is a midfielder by trade and will be looking to make a big impact in the coming season. The Blades’ under-18s and 23s have enjoyed great success in the last 12 months.
Sheffield United could offer Owen Hampson a pathway
A number of players from the ranks have made the step into the first-team picture. Antwoine Hackford started the trend, before the likes of Iliman Ndiaye, Zak Brunt, Femi Seriki, and Daniel Jebbison followed suit.
Making the grade at Manchester United is a different kettle of fish to getting a chance at Bramall Lane. And Sampson is probably thinking very much along that train of thought.
For the Blades and those at Shirecliffe, it represents another potential coup from one of the big boys. We’ve seen this before with the likes of David Brooks. If Sampson can emulate half of Brooks’ success, then this will have been a smart move by United.