Who is Toby Collyer? Brighton youngster in profile as Manchester United close in on signing

Manchester United have agreed terms to sign Brighton starlet Toby Collyer.

The Manchester Evening News understands that, although the deal is not yet officially completed, United do have a package in place to sign the 18-year-old on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Collyer has been on trial at United for the past month with his contract at Brighton coming to an end in the summer and he was impressed in a friendly match against Huddersfield Town.

Now Collyer is set to become the latest addition to United’s ever-growing academy, with the club always on the lookout for the brightest talents in England and further afield. Below is everything you need to know about the club’s latest recruit.

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Yam: Tobias Christopher Collyer

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion

Age: 18

DOB: January 3 2004

Born: Worthing, England

Position: defensive-midfield

If United making a move for him didn’t already make it clear, Collyer is a very highly-rated young player and has been for some time. He made his debut for Brighton’s Under-18s just a few weeks after turning 15 and he has grown from strength to strength following on from that six-minute cameo in 2019.

His talent was also spotted by England’s talent scouts and he was soon in the national youth ranks, too, playing a game for the Under-15s before quickly moving on to the Under-16s. He represented the Young Lions on several occasions in the 2019/20 season before it was derailed, showing his versatility by also filling in at left-back in a 4-0 win over Denmark.

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It was last season in which Collyer really started to establish himself in the Seagulls’ U18s side, as he became a near ever-present. The teenager missed just one match and was benched for another, as he played in the other 23 matches and began to hone his craft in defensive-midfield. Grabbing two assists in the process.

He was named on the bench for one of his side’s EFL Trophy matches against senior opposition in Wimbledon and two games in the FA Youth Cup means he made 25 appearances last year — some of which he also played at centre-back.

Collyer made his debut for the Under-23s last season, too, playing 90 minutes in a 5-1 defeat to Tottenham, shortly after turning 17. The midfielder has continued to rise through the England ranks as well representing the country at Under-16 and 17 levels and captaining both sides.

He has played just once for the Under-18s this season back in August and has been looking to leave after failing to come to turns on an extension of his contract on the south coast. Chelsea were also said to be interested in the player who was described by The Secret Scout on Twitter as: ”One of the best young central midfielders in the country. at United.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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