Why Man United offering Dylan Levitt a new deal makes perfect sense
The 18-year-old has put pen to paper on fresh terms at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022, with the Red Devils holding the option to extend his stay by a further twelve months.
Levitt, who has been a part of United’s youth system since the age of eight, is held in high regard by the youth coaching staff and has been widely tipped to make a breakthrough this season.
The starlet is regarded as a player with the potential to go on and ply his trade at the highest level, with Ryan Giggs already naming the midfielder in his senior Wales squad three times.
Having featured for Wales at the U-21 UEFA European Championship in Italy and San Marino earlier in the summer, Levitt is still awaiting his senior debut for his nation, but with Giggs keeping a close eye on his development, it shouldn’t be long before he gains international recognition.
The 18-year-old caught the eye with his rapid development in United’s youth system and made his mark at the U-18 level in the 2017-18 season, accumulating 4 goals in 21 appearances in the U-18 Premier League.
Levitt subsequently featured for the U-18s in the 2018-19 campaign while also making a seamless transition to the U-23s in the Premier League 2, where he established himself as a key player with 4 goals and 6 assists in 13 appearances.
The teenager has continued his development in the Premier League 2 this term under the guidance of Neil Wood and already boasts an impressive tally of 3 goals and 3 assists in 7 outings.
Capable of playing in multiple positions in the midfield, Dylan Levitt has illustrated the versatility to switch between attacking, central and defensive roles in the midfield and he looks set for a bright future at Old Trafford.
To put things into perspective, Man United’s decision to offer the 18-year-old a new long-term deal is yet another step that clearly underpins their ambitions moving forward under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The manager has made it a priority to blood academy prospects in the senior team and build a squad around young and developing players who have plenty of room for improvement in the years to come.
The likes of Greenwood, Chong, Williams. James Garner and Gomes have already reaped the benefits of Solskjaer’s project and Dylan Levitt, who has progressed by leaps and bounds over the last two seasons, could also get a chance to rub shoulders with the big boys in the coming months.
Notwithstanding the fact that United need some immediate game-changers in January to push for a top-six finish following a disappointing start to the campaign, a new deal for Levitt definitely comes as a piece of welcome news to the club faithful, who will be hoping to see a glimpse of the talented youngster in the first-team.
Levitt is still very much in his formative years as a professional and probably needs a loan spell to gain some much-needed exposure before staking a claim for a substantial role under Solskjaer. However, he is expected to further his development with the U-23s for the time being.
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All in all, Man United’s decision to offer Dylan Levitt fresh terms is definitely a step in the right direction and one that could go on to pay rich dividends in the years to come.