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A talented individual who likes to get forward from midfield and is always capable of getting on the scoresheet.
Despite not starting an Under-18 game in 2015/16, the schoolboy still bagged two goals from his eight substitute outings - after making his debut for the Academy team in the previous campaign's defeat to Liverpool. Barlow is a clever operator who has Premier Cup experience and made startling progress towards the end of 2016/17, as his coach Kieran McKenna had predicted. McKenna commented in early 2017: "Aidy's a local lad who has been here a long time. He's another who has had to be patient as he's found himself behind some really fantastic attacking players who are a little bit older than him. He's been patient, worked hard and applied himself when he's played for the Under-17s or Under-16s. When he has come on or started for the Under-18s, he has taken his opportunities and performed well. He is one who will have a big part to play over the next 18 months." That big part started with a major influence in the Merit Group Phase of the Under-18s season and he finished up as joint top-scorer with Angel Gomes on 12 goals, despite only making eight starts (he came off the bench 11 times). A brilliant double strike against Liverpool confirmed his quality, with the second effort winning the Goal of the Season award at Academy level, and he bagged a hat-trick against Newcastle United but was missing for the season's finale due to a late call-up for England Under-17s, when team-mate Gomes was forced to withdraw due to injury. Unsurprisingly, he came on for his international debut during the European Championship finals and scored within a matter of minutes against Ukraine in the group stages. He was also the only England man to successfully score his spot-kick in the shoot-out defeat to Spain in the final. Upon returning to United, the midfielder continued his impressive showings from the previous campaign. Barlow struggled with injury during the 2017/18 campaign, but still managed to bag seven goals in 17 appearances in all competitions. He missed the climax of the season, but his good form in the early part of the campaign played a vital role in helping the club claim the Under-18 Premier League Northern Division title. With some experience of Reserves action already under his belt, big things are expected from the youngster in the coming years.