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Anthony Elanga names forgotten Man Utd starlet as 'most underrated' footballer he's played with

Anthony Elanga names forgotten Man Utd starlet as 'most underrated' footballer he's played with

Anthony Elanga left Manchester United for Nottingham Forest last summer.

Anthony Elanga has named a forgotten Manchester United starlet as the most underrated footballer he’s played with.

Back in the summer transfer window, Elanga left Old Trafford as he moved to fellow Premier League side Nottingham Forest in a deal worth a reported fee of £15 million.

Since moving to the City Ground, the Swedish international has produced some impressive performances.

So far this season, the 21-year-old has made 30 appearances for Forest across all competitions, scoring five goals and assisting seven.

Speaking recently to Rising Ballers, Elanga was asked to name the most underrated player he has ever played with.

The forward replied: “One that comes off my head is Angel Gomes. He’s honestly so good.

“I feel like people watched him in the U21 Euros that England won, he showed his qualities as a number six, eight and 10 – amazing. I could name more players, but Angel comes to my head.”

Having come through the ranks at United, Angel Gomes made his senior team debut back in 2017.

After making only 10 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils, Gomes left the club to join French side Lille in 2020.

Speaking last year, Gomes spoke about his decision to leave United.

He told The Athletic: “I remember when I made the decision, I read a heap of messages and comments saying: ‘He left for money’. It didn’t even make sense. The biggest thing for me was opportunity.

“After the conversations I had with the staff at Lille, it made the most sense for me to go there because I knew I was going to get more of an opportunity; there was something in place. At the time, United didn’t give me the gist that was going to be the plan. I felt like I was just there.”

Gomes continued: “That final year at United was one of the hardest things I’ve done in football. Not really being involved, not knowing what’s going to be next. Seeing people doing well, training every week, but not really having opportunities to play. When I say training, I mean having that high standard. But then come the end of the week and there’s nothing for that. So it feels like you’re just wasting time.”

Featured Image Credit: Getty/Nottingham Forest

Topics: Manchester United, Anthony Elanga, Football, Premier League, Angel Gomes, Nottingham Forest