Versatile defender Tyler Blackett has become the third fledgling youngster to depart Manchester United this summer, following Donald Love, and Northern Ireland international Paddy McNair’s move to Sunderland earlier this month.
New United manager Jose Mourinho, who has won both of his opening Premier League games with the club, has ultimately decided that the 22 year-old versatile England under 21 international, who can play both centre back and left back does not feature in the club’s long term plans.
Therefore the promising youngster has opted to drop down a division in search of regular football, joining Championship side Reading on a three year deal.
The move to the Madejski Stadium ends a 16 year spell at United for Blackett, with the defender having joined the club in 2002, aged only 8. The 22 year old has progressed through the youth ranks at the Red Devils, making his first team breakthrough in LVG’s 1st season in charge of the club.
Due to injuries, Blackett made a total of 12 appearances for Manchester United in the 2014/2015 season and looked highly promising in a lacklustre United side.
Blackett has also experienced first team football, through various loan deals, having played for both Blackpool and Birmingham City in the Championship. His most recent loan spell was with Scottish Champions Celtic, making 9 appearances for the club, managed then by Ronnie Delia.
The transfer deal see’s the now former United defender link up with another former United defender at Reading, Jaap Stam, who has been in charge of the Championship club since June. Stam, who made 127 appearances for the Red Devils, was delighted at securing the signing of Blackett from his former club, telling the Reading Club Website:
“As we know, Tyler is a talented defender who has played for United’s first team. He can play as a left-back or a left-sided centre-back; he has got great potential in the sense that he is quick and athletic, defensively he is strong and he is good at set-pieces. As a defender he can go and play high up the pitch as well, and that is what we need in the squad.”
Reading’s Championship season has begun with only one win, one draw, and two defeats and the club will be hopeful the acquisition of Tyler Blackett can improve the side’s prospect of gaining promotion to the Premier League.