This summer is decision time for one of England’s hottest properties; Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford.
The English striker exploded onto the scene as a fleet footed, lethal 18-year-old, and forced himself into the first team picture at Old Trafford immediately.
He subsequently attempted to make waves at Euro 2016 in front of an abject England midfield that failed to get out of second gear in France.
This summer will most likely provide Rashford with the decision to either stick it out with his boyhood club Manchester United or leave to afford himself more first team opportunities. With Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez already at Jose Mourinho’s disposal and his tendency to spend, it’s likely further attacking options will be added to this summer.
The argument for Marcus Rashford to stay is often based on the 20-year-old gaining invaluable experience from playing with some of United’s older stars, but is there any experience that improves a player more than minutes on the pitch?
Rashford could make the perfect partner for Harry Kane if we look at it from an international point of view. The Tottenham striker’s finishing ability, coupled with Rashford’s pace and ability to turn defenders, could give England a cutting edge they will need to mix it with the big boys of international football at a major tournament.
Looking at prospective Premier League clubs as Rashford’s next destination and a number of top-half clubs stand out.
Chelsea could be become a serious option. The signing of Alvaro Morata has not worked for the west London club and it seems French hitman Olivier Giroud will only lead the charge for too long. If Chelsea want Rashford and the youngster wants to continue playing for a top club, Stamford Bridge could be the right destination, with his pace providing an alternative to the physicality of Giroud.
Everton are an ambitious club with top facilities and could prove to be an interesting option for Rashford. It would be difficult to see Mourinho blocking a potential move to the Toffees, given they would not be a direct rival.
Marcus Rashford has the potential to be a world beater, and this summer could be make-or-break for the 20-year-old.