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04/08/2013 09:18, Report by Editorial team
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Young Reds stake a claim

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What’s the story? After trading Anderlecht for Manchester, red tape held up his Academy debut and then injury curtailed his progress. Last season, however, was one of rapid progress for the creative Belgian who was voted Reserves' Player of the Year and was on the bench in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game.

What made him stand out? Supreme confidence and natural ability, allied with a new-found level of industry and endeavour. No longer knocked off the ball, he makes robust challenges of his own. Aside from his first-ever senior goal, a header, his pass in the build-up to Wilfried Zaha's injury-time equaliser against Cerezo Osaka was out of the top drawer.

What now? Many would reckon he is still too young and green for the Barclays Premier League but he has given David Moyes food for thought. If a loan move was to emerge as the most sensible option, it's possible one on the continent could best enable his skills to flourish.

Say what? "Januzaj did change. It was the case with him that he always had good talent, a good brain, good timing, balance and a good touch. He just developed well over the season and he's got to continue, keep his head down and keep working to see how far he can go. - U21s boss Warren Joyce

Jesse Lingard
Age: 20
Position: Forward
Tour appearances: 3 starts, 2 substitute appearances
Tour goals: 2 v A-League All Stars, 1 v Kitchee FC

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