Discussion in 'Manchester United Reserves' started by Stretford End Arising, Nov 11, 2010.
Tom Thorpe thread.
he's a pretty good defender actually, not too sure about his passing ability to see him make an impact as a Midfielder. Isn't he considered a better defender than Fornasier or Mcginty?
Tom Thorpe the new Michael Carrick.
Not seen enough of Thorpe this season. So many defenders at the club he's not had much of a chance to play until recently. Hope we see more of him between now and May.
I think his progress has stalled a little this season
Warren Joyce praises versatile Thorpe - Official Manchester United Website
Thorpe aims to emulate Wootton and Keane - Official Manchester United Website
Joyce praise for 'excellent' Thorpe - Official Manchester United Website
That is how I described Thorpe's performance in the game thread, although I didn't describe it as excellent. He broke the play up and kept it simple with 5-10 yard passes to keep possession, unlike the rest of our team who were hellbent on giving it away ...
I don't see the Carrick comparison at the moment. Carrick is a rangy passer who is fantastic at the first time 30/40 yard diagonal pass, whereas Thorpe plays much more simple than that in his new role in midfield. I definitely agree with Joyce - Tom's future as a United player is as a CB, no doubt in my mind. When Petrucci comes back, I think we should move Thorpe back to CB with Fornasier leaving the starting lineup (Fornasier hasn't impressed at all this year).
It's great that Tom is Captain already for our u21's and I fully expect him and Michael Keane to have a future in United's first team XI at CB.
I have the opposite opinion. I think Thorpe could struggle as a central defender and has the better chance of making the grade (at United) as a midfielder. He'd be ideal in a 4-3-3 formation, which could be our future formation if a European manager succeeds Fergie. His passing range may not be comparable to Carrick at the moment, but it's something that can develop in time.
What aspect of his game do you feel won't translate to CB out of interest? Sure, he needs to bulk up a little like 99% of players his age before playing for the first team, but other than that he has pretty much everything. Most ball playing CB's could play deep in a 4-3-3, so I agree he would be a very good prospect in that role too.
I don't know exactly, it's just a feeling I have from watching him at U18s and reserves/U21s. Maybe his ability in the air is the reason. I seem to remember him being less than convincing - with opponents having free headers and enjoying success against him. The blustery conditions at Carrington could have been a factor.
He's relatively small which is the only thing you could really knock him on as a centre back. I really like Thorpe but he hasn't improved as much as others since coming up from the Academy for whatever reason. Still think he has a good chance of making it though.
Thorpe on England U19s and United - Under-19 - News - UEFA.com
Tom Thorpe exclusive interview - Official Manchester United Website
Really like Thorpe. If he doesn't make it here, he'll have a great career somewhere and in my opinion make a great captain.
What have you made of Powell's season so far? Where do you see him this time next year?
Really like Thorpe, think he's got a chance of making it. Been excellent in midfield and defence. Just wonder if height may cost him making it as a CB for us, what do you think? Loan next season I hope.
Thorpe has been offered a new contract.
Mr reliable for the U21's, but not sure how he will break through to the 1st team squad
Good leader, versatile, really like him. Perhaps too short to be a Prem CB? I'd like to see him be given a chance at RB for the first team. He needs a loan next season, needs to be tested at a higher level now.
Joyce praise for Harrop and Thorpe - Official Manchester United Website
Thorpe unlucky to go on tour? Blackett's left foot probably getting him on the plane ahead of him.
Time to consider his future?
Goss' post on Instagram would suggest Thorpe is leaving.
Probably for the best. It's a shame what has become of that FA Youth Cup side. Johnstone going as well I've heard. Would not surprise me to see Lingard and Will Keane move on either. Leaving only Tyler Blackett from that FAYC winning squad, he may leave too though.
I think it is for the best that he moves on but in terms of professionalism and attitude I don't think anyone deserves to make it more than tom. I wish him the best for the future
Best of luck to him. Should have a great career somewhere.