Club: Manchester United
Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: November 28th 1988
Place of Birth: Bolton, England
Previous Club(s): None
As the oldest player on the list as of January 2008, Hewson may have only made the cut by a few months, but he should be higher based on talent. At one point he was considered a potential successor to Paul Scholes at Old Trafford, as his game is rather similar to that of the ginger genius. However, a lack of action hasn’t helped him progress, and he’s stagnated a little.
Coming through the academy at United since the age of 9, he impressed with regular goals from midfield, with a scoring rate of one every four games in 2005/06. He pushed into the Reserves and continued his fine form there, standing out as one of the players of the tournament in the Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia, which the Red Devils won. He used this to continue his development further in 07/08 with a nomination for the club’s Reserve Player of the Year and a first team squad number (33).
If he can re-find his dazzling self, he can make an impact at Old Trafford. If he doesn’t, there’s still a high chance he’ll be a key contributor for a very good team for some time.
Hewson struggled to make the same impact as previous years to start the year, not impressing to his high standards, quite clearly in need of a new challenge. The club found him one, loaning him to League One team Hereford United in January, where he’s had a mixed spell, scoring in bunches for a team trying to avoid relegation.