A mass Exodus is set to take place at the Theatre of Dreams this summer following the arrival of Jose Mourinho. Known for his love of defenders with great physical abilities, the Special One is expected to make big changes at Old Trafford.
One defender that is likely to be particularly vulnerable in such a shake-up is youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.
The England youth international made his senior team debut under LVG, and went on to make ten appearances in the Premier League. However, now looking to set to see very limited playing time under the new regime, Borthwick-Jackson is more than likely to depart Old Trafford, at least in the short term.
Interestingly, West Ham have now expressed a willingness to land the 19-year-old on a season-long loan ahead of the new season. Having lost Aaron Cresswell to an injury that will keep him out for the beginning of the season, the Hammers see the Red Devils’ prospect as a good fit to act as temporary cover until the full-back’s return to fitness.
A potential problem with this is that Manchester United want their academy graduate to play as much as possible and will only agree to release him if the London side can give such assurance. The Under-21 Player of the Year recently got rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020 and has a high value and priority placed on him by the club due to his very promising future.
A groin strain saw Borthwick-Jackson miss out on the pre-season squad, and meant he had little chance of proving his worth as cover for Luke Shaw at left-back. As a result, the Englishman will surely welcome a chance to prove himself elsewhere.
A move to the Olympic Stadium will favour the youngster, and the player has enough talent to suggest he could even establish himself as Slaven Bilic’s permanent option for the spot within the 3/4 months of Cresswell’s absence should a move materialise.