In the week Manchester United lost Ravel Morrison to Londoners West Ham United, talks have flared up of another highly regarded prospect stalling on a new deal. Ezekiel (Zeki) Fryers has made a handful of appearances for the first team this year in the Carling Cup, and while the hype surrounding the young defender is not as large as Morrison, the fact these youngsters are heading for the exit is slightly worrisome. Sky Sports has this
Fryers has come through the ranks at United and made his full debut in the first-team in the Carling Cup win over Leeds earlier this season. The versatile defender has gone on to make five further appearances this term and he is highly-regarded within the corridors of Old Trafford. United are keen to tie down Fryers to a new deal, but the defender is thought to have snubbed their initial offer as he holds out for a better contract. Talented defender Fryers, 19, is coming to the end of his current deal and could be snatched away in the summer for a small fee, with Tottenham leading the list of interested teams.
The fact it appears it is only an initial offer is slightly reassuring, yet I would still rather not be having this discussion at all. These youngsters need to earn their corn instead of demanding money that is above their achievements.
Thus far he has looked a solid defender, having been deployed at both centre back and left back. He has looked assured in all his performances I have watched, including one live match at Aldershot.
Here's hoping the club get this contract tied up, as well as that of Paul Pogba's.