Tosin Kehinde was born on 18 June 1998. Tosin Kehinde has already exceeded his own expectations for the 2017/18 season – and there might still be more to come.
The Nigerian-born Manchester United reserves midfielder trained with the first team in December with Jose Mourinho pondering a deficit of midfielders.
Kehinde has been the beneficiary of first-team shortages after becoming a regular for the u23 side under Ricky Sbragia.
And in February, United were hit with more injuries and illness. Paul Pogba is ill, Maroune Fellaini remains on the sidelines with an injury and Ander Herrera is also out.
The 19-year-old possesses a crisp range of passing and his versatility has helped him rack up the appearances – he has also featured on the wing and his September strike against Chelsea was nominated for the club’s Goal of the Month award.
Kehinde was born in Lagos but raised in the UK, and turned out for Tottenham before signing for United.
Reports in Nigeria suggest that the Nigeria Football Federation are monitoring his situation ahead of a possible call-up to one of the youth sides, and the fact that he has caught Mourinho’s eye sufficiently to train with the first team should impress the decision-makers.
But ahead of the 2017/18 season, his aim was merely to establish himself in the reserves.
He told ManUtd.com: “[Last season] was a bit up and do. I didn’t start all the games but I was involved a lot. I was involved in the majority of the games so I was happy with that.
“For me, this season, it’s just about really securing a place in the starting line-up as often as possible and trying to do my best to progress as a player.
“We did finish on quite a good run of results last year and we’re trying to take it into this season. I expect us to do better than last year, especially with the group of players who have come up now from the Under-18s. It gives us a more rounded squad that is better balanced as we were quite short last year.
“Everyone will push each other and raise each other’s games during the season and I think it will pay off for us. I’m looking forward to it.”
The teenager has already played alongside first-team squad regulars Marcus Rashford and Axel Tuanzebe, as well as Timothy Fosu-Mensah, when the quartet featured in the UEFA Youth League two years’ ago.
He will be hoping to follow in the foosteps of Scott McTominay, Tuanzebe, Joel Pereira, Demetri Mitchell, Josh Harrop and Angel Gomes, who all made their senior debuts under Mourinho.
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