Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has signed a new and improved contract at Manchester United, keeping him at the club until 2020, with the option of a further year.
After rising through the ranks of the academy, the left-back was handed his first team debut as a substitute in November’s 2-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion.
A total of 14 appearances have been accumulated for the 19-year-old, including replacing the injured Ashley Young in January’s 1-0 away win at Anfield against Liverpool.
Unfazed by the occasion, he helped United keep an impressive clean sheet in one of the toughest yet most relished fixtures of the season.
The local talent enjoys roaming forward, linking up play with those ahead of him, whilst possessing the ability to whip in crosses that any defence would struggle to cope with.
This was most notable in February’s 3-0 defeat of Stoke City, where Borthwick-Jackson’s cross left Jesse Lingard with the simplest of tap-ins via his head.
He is also comfortable at centre-back, providing new manager Jose Mourinho with a left-footed option at the back, with Daley Blind rumoured to be facing the exit door this summer.
After an injury ruled him out for over two months in late February, United saw their top four bid fade as well as suffer an early exit from the Europa League, as Marcos Rojo struggled at left-back.
This highlighted Borthwick-Jackson’s quality, as his absence was notable, proving himself to be a reliable deputy with Luke Shaw’s early season leg break disrupting the left-back position.
Going forward, many fans will be thrilled to have Borthwick-Jackson as Shaw’s back-up, and the former can count himself unlucky not to be a part of United’s FA Cup Final matchday squad.
One final point to showcase the promise and potential present was the crowning as U21 Player of the Year, voted by the fans, who have recognised the future the youngster has ahead.
With Europa League football guaranteed for next season to stock up the calendar, game time at first team level shouldn’t be an issue for Borthwick-Jackson, and he is at the right club to continue his development.