By Andy Hyslop
- Born in Amsterdam and moved to United from Ajax in 2014
- Has represented Holland at Under-15, Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19s level
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a powerful and versatile defender who joined United in the summer of 2014 from Ajax. Having caught the eye of United coaches whilst playing for Ajax in the AEGON Future Cup.
Fosu-Mensah has the ability to play in a number of positions. Originally a centre-back, he also has the ability to cover in both full-back positions. Whilst he has been used primarily as a midfielder for United’s under-21s.
His move to United came in the summer of 2014. The move from Ajax was agreed in the summer transfer window of 2014 but had to wait until September for International clearance.
After completing the move to Manchester, Timothy made 19 appearances for the under-18s last season. Starting 18 games and making one appearance as a substitute. He also managed to get on the bench for the under-21s but didn’t make it onto the pitch.
He has played in three of the under-21s league fixtures this season, helping United to two wins and a draw. He played as a centre-back in the first game of the season against Leicester. Whilst he played as a defensive midfield in the wins over Everton and Sunderland.
He also appeared in all three of United’s under-19s fixtures in the UEFA Youth League this season. He played as a midfielder in these games as United defeated PSV Eindhoven, drew with Wolfsburg before they suffered defeat to CSKA Moscow.
Though still classed as an academy player as an under-18, he will probably most of his football for the under-19s and under-21s this season.
Fosu-Mensah is currently an International for Holland at under-19 level. He has also represented his country at under-15s, under-16s and under-17s level. He has made five appearances for the Dutch under-19s having made his debut on September 3 this year in a friendly against Italy.
United clearly have a special talent on their hands and will be challenging for a first-team place in a few years. Watch this space….