Leeds United have this evening completed a deal to sign young Manchester United defender, Scott Wootton. At the age of 21, Wootton is definitely “one for the future”, and according to Brian McDermott he is “someone we feel will develop with us in the coming years.”
Wootton was brought up through the youth academy of Tranmere Rovers, before joining Liverpool’s academy in 2004. He stayed there until 2007 before moving to Leeds’ Manchester rivals in 2010. Having only played 34 first-team games – although the majority have been at Championship level – he’s definitely one for the inexperienced category. But having been a scout for many years before moving into management, I’m pretty sure Brian has made the right choice bringing him to Elland Road.
United chairman, Salah Nooruddin:
We’re delighted to agree a deal to bring in Scott. He is a young player who has played on the biggest stage, and who Brian identified as one he was keen to sign, not just for what he brings now, but for the future as well.
On the official website it claims that we’ve beat a few clubs to sign him, so that is promising. From what I’ve seen he seems very composed and is more than comfortable to have the ball at his feet. He has the ability to play as a defensive midfielder, so that gives McDermott another option. Will he jump straight into the starting line-up against Ipswich? Who knows. Bringing him in with only two other first-team centre backs currently at the club certainly gives you the message he’ll be in the 18-man squad. Either way it’s nice to see the club bring in another promising youngster who’s the right side of 30.
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