Football scouting blog
Name: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Age: 18 years old (Born 2nd February 1997)
Club: Manchester United
League: Barclays Under-21 Premier League Height: 190 cm, 6”2 Position: CB/LB/DM
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is one of the most recent Manchester United scholars to make their debut under Louis Van Gaal. He has been dubbed the “new Rio Ferdinand” because of his composure and ability to play the ball from the back but recently, he has shown his best form at left back. He possesses a strong desire to improve and belief in his abilities. His coaches have already made this young 18 year old a part of the Manchester United U21’s team. And, he has been relishing the challenge so far, as reserve team manager, Warren Joyce says;
“Cameron has been excellent really this season. He has gone from strength to strength.”
He is a tall defender and has all the characteristics of a center back but he has been playing more at left back. This is due to the fact, he is still physically not strong enough to contribute as a centre back and can at times, be bullied by the bigger forwards. He has decent pace and a somewhat unnatural stride when he is running. However, he has a terrific leap and has been improving on winning his aerial duels over the past few months. Great work ethic on and off the ball and also a team player. It is still to be seen if he will thrive under pressure because he can at times look nervous although it never really affects his game.
Technically, that is where he is strongest. Very comfortable with the ball at his feet and is naturally left footed; he can pass just as well with his right. Also, he has a great touch and has decent passing range for a center back. His heading does still need work, although he has a terrific leap he can at times mistime his headers or not get the distance required in defensive headers. He is very composed and doesn’t panic when a defender is pressuring him for the ball.
He understands the game very well, especially at centre back. He prefers to play on the cover like Rio Ferdinand and uses his pace and anticipation skills to scuffle any attack if his team mates are ever caught out. He does like to get tight to an opposing striker but because he is not strong yet as a defender, it causes him to get into situations were he is bullied by opposition players. Still, he is smart centre back who likes to slide tackle but not overly aggressive or rash.
Potential: (World Class)
He has all the skill and physical attributes to have a successful career as a center back. Especially, in the modern game where centre back are expected to bring the ball out of the defence. He can one day play for the England national team and has all the potential to be as good as Chris Smalling.