When Manchester United lost Anthony Martial in the warm-up against Midtjylland in the Europa League recently United boss Louis van Gaal was forced to turn to an untried youngster of the name of Marcus Rashford to start up front.
The 18-year-old scored twice against the Danish champions and produced an impressive display.
The youngster followed-up that brace with another double in United’s 3-2 home win against Arsenal, as well as producing an assist as well.
Rashford obviously has talent, which he has apparently been displaying on a regular basis for the clubs under-18 team until recently.
I hope he avoids being over-hyped
The youngster has made a promising start to his United career, but some people, especially in the media tend to get carried away with youngsters. What gets British media even more excited is the fact that he is English.
The fact that he has scored four goals in two senior appearances may just work against the youngster, who has barely featured for the under-21 team, never mind the first team.
Soon he will be talked about in the same breath as Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and various other players who have made an impact on the Premier League as youngsters.
It is understandable that the media get excited about a youngster breaking into a big Premier League team, as not many English youngsters have the talent to make it into top-flight teams in these days of big money signings and foreign players.
Too much too soon for some youngsters
There is nothing better for the press than a youngster who does not quite fulfil their potential. The press often build up youngsters so much that they believe their own hype, which then leads to them becoming arrogant and eventually falling out of the game.
Too much money and fame at such a young age is hard for a lot of youngsters to handle, especially ones who are badly advised and some go off the rails. They develop attitudes that they do not need to try in training and they have already made it.
The press love to kick people while they are down. One recent example of a player who was lauded as the next superstar was George Green. You may say George who? He was once described by the press as the ‘the next Paul Gascoigne’.
That is my point. Green joined Everton from Bradford while in school for a fee that could have potentially cost the Toffees as much as £2million. He recently joined non-league Ossett after being released by Everton and terminating his own contract at Oldham.
By his own admission he did not train properly and has learnt from his mistakes. To his credit at 20 he seems to have matured and hopefully he will get back into professional football in the near future.
From the little known about Rashford he is a young guy with a good head on his shoulders. Hopefully he will not get built-up too much by the media and he will succeed at Old Trafford.
Just enjoy it while you can Marcus
It is obviously a dream come true for the youngster to score four goals in his first two senior appearances and he could continue in attack for United in their home game against Watford on Wednesday night, a game the Red Devils are odds of 13/20 to win.
As a teenager he must be allowed to develop his game at his own pace, so that he does have a professional career in the game. Too many young talented players have failed to fulfil their potential, because of the wrong advice or attitude.
There are few signs that Rashford is the kind of youngster who has the wrong attitude. In fact he has looked like a team player in both games. Hopefully he will continue in a similar vein and continue enjoying his football, without being hampered by being over-hyped.
Do youngsters get hyped-up too quickly?