Manchester United fans, in particular those that have followed the youth team and reserve action over the past few years, have raved about the potential that one of their players possesses. The young lad in question is Italian Davide Petrucci.
Signed from Roma in 2008 the Italian joined the club, and close friend Federico Macheda, under a bit of a cloud but he quickly put that behind him and went on to lift the Milk Cup in his debut season.
The playmaker suffered with injuries in his early career but he utilised the time out to bulk up physically and on his return he had added a new dimension to his game. Previously something of a delicate playmaker he had now become a more complete midfielder; never afraid of a physical challenge or bustling tackle he showed the type of play necessary to succeed in English football.
This winter he has been given the chance to continue that development with first-team football in the Championship. He signed with fellow prospect Scott Wooton for Peterborough United earlier in the month. Clearly the links between both the clubs is not a secret; The Posh manager is Sir Alex Ferguson’s son Darren.
Since he arrived at London Road he has featured in both games possible against Nottingham Forest and Hull City and has impressed Ferguson junior enough for him to proclaim his wish to keep him on board beyond the one-month loan deal originally agreed:
"He is, by definition of where he came from, a very good footballer and he loves being at this club. We only have him for a month at first, but I will definitely try and extend the loan. We have brought Davide Petrucci here to play!"
Petrucci himself acknowledged this fact when speaking to Posh Player this month:
"Unfortunately, it's hard for a young player at United because there are so many great players, probably the best in the world. So you have to start at some point from somewhere and I'm very happy to be here. Hopefully, I can kick on and do well."
He also mentioned that he modelled his game on Francesco Totti and while United appear to be losing the race for the man dubbed his successor, Domenico Berardi of Sassuolo, letting Petrucci get more first team experience may help him on his way to emulating his idol.
Do you think Petrucci should stay at Peterborough until the end of the season?