Manchester United have confirmed the capture of highly-rated 17-year-old FC Slovacko goalkeeper Matej Kovar, who will slot into the club’s Under-18 side.
Manchester United have issued an official confirmation on their website, stating that a deal has been agreed to bring in FC Slovacko goalkeeper Matej Kovar. The youngster has joined the club, subject to international clearance, and will slot into Manchester United’s Under-18 squad.
Matej Kovar is a 17-year-old who plied his trade for FC Slovacko’s Under-19 team before joining Manchester United. The player has already featured for Czech Republic at the Under-18 level, with 2 appearances to boot. The youngster will be looking forward to utilising the state-of-the-art facilities available at Manchester United to speed up his progression.
Kovar will slot into Kieran McKenna’s star studded Under-18 side, which already has brightening talents like Angel Gomes, Arnau Puigmal, Aliou Traore, Ethan Galbraith, Millen Baars, Tahith Chong and Nishan Burkart. As far as competition for places go, Kovar will have to fight with Alex Fojticek, Jacob Carney and James Thompson for the spot between the posts.
Quiet #DeadlineDay at Old Trafford, but #MUFC have signed 17-year-old Matěj Kovář from Czech side FC Slovácko. The goalkeeper has signed a pro deal & will soon up with the U18s having impressed on a one-week trial in November pic.twitter.com/J9GshGcu4N
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) January 31, 2018
While the player could have trouble in getting game time at the start, he is likely to be eased into the setup, with the coaches expected to focus on improving the youngster’s skills through training first.
Kieran McKenna’s Under-18s have flattered to deceive this season, with the side already out of the Premier League Cup and the FA Youth Cup. In the Premier League North, United are still top of the table, with 28 points from 13 games. But, the Red Devils are only a point ahead of a yet-undefeated Liverpool side, who have a game in hand over United.
United have, uncharacteristically, conceded a lot of goals this season, with 21 goals leaked in just 13 games in the Under-18 Premier League, while keeping just 1 clean sheet in the process, which has highlighted a persisting problem in defence, something McKenna would hope Kovar’s arrival will be able to improve, even if gradually.
Kovar would hope to walk in the footsteps of compatriot Petr Cech, who has become a legendary figure in the Premier League, albeit at Chelsea and now at Arsenal. United fans would be wishing for the same.