Callum Gribbin is on trial at Sheffield United following his release by Manchester United, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Gribbin was one of 13 players released from their youth team at the end of last season. This is despite the fact the 20-year-old was previously very highly rated by the Red Devils.
In fact they had to fend off interest from Liverpool at one point. However, injuries hampered his time at Old Trafford and eventually they cut their losses.
Now the Blades have taken a chance, playing Gribbin in an Under-23s game against QPR on Monday. The winger scored in a 4-3 defeat.
What can they expect from Callum Gribbin?
Many Man United fans who keep a keen eye on the academy may have been sure they would have seen Gribbin in the first team by now – such was his reputation.
Of course it wasn’t to be. We spoke to Dan Coombs from United In Focus about what the Blades can expect from the forward; if they choose to give him a professional contract.
“There was a stage a couple of years ago where Callum Gribbin seemed a certainty to make it at United. Spectacular highlights of his exploits at academy level were almost a weekly event,” he said.
“Slowly but surely he lost momentum and while it was a shock when he was released in the summer, it made sense. The way his career was heading, he was getting further away from United’s first team, not nearer, and something had to give.
“Injuries played a part in Gribbin failing to live up to his potential, but there is not a United fan who won’t wish him well.
“His talent is too good to go to waste and he deserves a shot at another Premier League club. Sheffield United should be applauded for taking a chance on him.”