Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is apparently in talks with Rochdale ahead of a loan move for the rest of the season.
Ethan joined Man Utd from Hutchinson Vale, A renounced Scottish Youth Club in Edinburgh where Scottish player such as Leigh Griffiths, Jason Cummings and United stalwart Darren Fletcher played.
He captained the U18 squad before being fast-tracked and featuring regularly in Ricky Sbragia’s United U23 side this season, starting 11 Premier League 2 games and coming off the bench once. He primarily plays as a centre midfielder but has been known to fill in as a Left Wing Back previously.
Hamilton was also rumoured to have caught the eye of previous United manager, Jose Mourinho as he has trained several times with the first team and even was called up to replace Paul Pogba in the squad against Huddersfield last season after a late injury saw Pogba withdraw.
United coach Kieron Mckenna speaks highly of him also once saying ” with his attitude it could certainly carry him very far in his career“. He was also previously described by Mckenna as “a fantastic character around the group and another one with a great training mentality every day. He’s a hard worker who wants to get better and develop himself.”
There is rumoured interest from several Scottish clubs about taking him on loan for the rest of the season, however, United may favour keeping him local with Keith Hill famed for his development of players including ex-United youth player Oliver Rathbone who is going from strength to strength this season drawing plaudits of late despite Rochdale’s poor on-field form.
A loan move could be definitely seen as beneficial for all parties, with Rochdale taking a really talented youngster for 6 months to help them build on their poor start to the season, Ethan gets his first proper experience of real league football which will be great for his continuing development and United get to keep a close eye on his development locally.
My opinion on what Ethan can bring is increased competition for places after losing Andy Cannon from that position to Portsmouth, as he is clearly well thought of at United so he definitely has the potential to be a really talented player in the future. His versatility would help also, with nobody currently at the club consolidating the left back position in the team so far this season it would give Keith Hill another option there as well, particularly as Sam Hart has gone back to Blackburn.
I would question if centre midfield is an urgent position Dale should be looking at loaning somebody in. Due to Cannon’s departure, this could open the door for more play time for some of our own youth academy talents in that position such as Aaron Morley who I feel deserves the opportunity.