Shola Shoretire is raging news in English football. The 17-year-old winger made his debut for Manchester United last weekend. He played just a minute against Newcastle, but it was a clear show of confidence from Solskjaer and the entity. The siren calls sent by PSG, Bayern and Barça were powerful, but at Old Trafford they pulled the influence of Rashford, adviser and friend, to bind their young promise. However, everything could have been very different, until a family vacation when I was 10 years old changed everything …
Interestingly, before that date, Shola was training with Newcastle, the club before which he released his recently signed contract as a professional. “When he first came to Newcastle I thought, 'wow.' He had worked with loads of guys at the academy, but only one or two had been as special as Shoretire. He was already an athlete and had blazing fast feet. We upgraded him immediately and the club would have been delighted to sign him, “says David Ballantyne to the 'Daily Mail', the coach whom Dave, the baby's father, had hired to complement the training sessions with the young women magpies. Everything seemed to fit, but his skills had reached as far as Manchester. Although it was not United that noticed him at that time.
From blue to red
“Sadly we couldn't compete with City. Shola moved to Manchester (he's a native of Newcastle) and joined their academy. It was a great frustration, “he adds. And so we got to the summer of 2014. The Shoretire family spent their holidays in Barcelona and, taking advantage of the stay, the little crack in the making he trained with Barça. Something that reached the ears of the whole citizen and that he did not like one iota, as the British tabloid relates. The City coaching staff had doubts, as they liked the player, but they went against his clinical eye and they separated him from the academy. United fished in troubled river and it was done shortly after with the neocastrense.
Just over seven years later, Shoretire has signed, according to England, one of the juiciest contracts in history for a player of his age and has already debuted with Red Devils. Rashford has mentored him and before all this he became the youngest to make his UEFA Youth League debut at under 15 years old. Something that does not surprise Ian Riley, his first coach at just 6 years old.
“He scored goals for fun”
Riley, manager of the Wallsend Boys Club, in the youngest category, in which our protagonist was playing when he caught the attention of Newcastle, is clear that “you can improve any player through training, but whoever has it, has it “. And Shola, at six, already had it. “He was a born dribbler and scored goals for fun (…). Around here we say that it takes a foot, heart and head to become a footballer. Shola you had all three. I was destined to succeed “Riley tells the 'Daily Mail'. In their native Newcastle they will surely regret their luck, but City can do more. On the banks of the River Tyne they had no choice. In the blue part of Manchester yes.