Who is Man United target Antoine Semenyo? A big talent on the rise?
According to a report in Sun Football, Premier League giants Manchester United are tracking Bristol City hot-shot Antoine Semenyo and could be tempted to make a move for the teenager. The 18-year-old is currently out on loan at Newport County, where he has scored 5 goals in 24 appearances.
His performances this season have attracted the interest of one of the biggest clubs in world football. Bristol City’s loan manager and club legend Brian Tinnion has confirmed that the Red Devils had sent their scouts to watch the youngster play.
Jose Mourinho’s men have made a turbulent start to their season, to say the least. They are in the race for a top-four finish this season, which is way below their initial expectations. However, the manager may beg to differ with this.
Sending scouts to watch young talents is always an encouraging sign for any club and Manchester United are showing that they still want a good base of youth talents at their disposal.
Here’s everything you need to know about Antoine Semenyo:
Scout report – Antoine Semenyo
Age – 18
Main Position – Striker
Born in London, Semenyo played his youth football for SGS College until 2017. He then moved to Bristol City U18 team in September 2017. He went on loan in January 2018 to Bath, where he scored 6 goals in 9 appearances for the club.
He came back to Bristol and was promoted to the U23 team. On 18 July 2018, he was again loaned out to Newport County, and that’s where he is right now, impressing the Manchester United scouts.
Talking about some of his attributes on the pitch, Semenyo possesses the raw pace to run in behind a defence, consequently making him a genuine threat on the counter, something which Mourinho would like.
He is tall (178cm) and physically tough, enabling him to win headers when required, making him a threat from set-pieces; another positive for the current United gaffer.
Moreover, the 18-year-old is slowly refining his game at a lower level, which is a testament to his skill set at a tender age of 18. His shooting is getting better and now he can operate on either wing as well if needed.
All in all, the teenager is a serious talent and the United scouts are right in getting impressed by what they have seen. The Red Devils academy and probably the first-team in the near future should be delighted to have him if they decide to offer him the chance.