Blackett set to mark his move into senior football with bumper deal.
Manchester United are set to offer young defender Tyler Blackett a new contract worth an astonishing £50,000 per week, report the Mail, despite the fact that he has only played a handful of first team games for the club since being promoted to the senior reckoning by Louis van Gaal this year on account of their injury problems in the centre of defence.
Blackett was also sent off in his last appearance for the Red Devils after a crude challenge on Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, conceding a penalty in the process, but overall he has impressed van Gaal enough to warrant a huge rise on his £2,000 per week deal – a contract which means he earns much less in a year than some of the club’s biggest senior players earn in a week.
Van Gaal has reportedly recommended to the board that Blackett is rewarded for his increased standing in the Old Trafford squad, meaning that his wage is likely to be bumped up to around £50k per week to bring it in line with players of a similar stature in the team.
Some fans will be surprised by the news, however, with many of Blackett’s performances having been nervy and unconvincing, whilst there must also be worries that such decisions may make it less likely that United’s defensive issues are addressed in January.