Tom Thorpe , who had captained the Manchester United reserves to the inaugural U-21 Premier League title in 2012-13, has become ATK’s seventh foreigner.
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Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions ATK announced the signing of central defender Tom Thorpe, a Manchester United academy graduate, for the upcoming season. Thorpe will join under coach Teddy Sheringham who was a former Manchester United forward and technical director Ashley Westwood, also a Manchester United academy graduate. Thorpe made his senior Manchester United debut in the 2014-15 Premier League season. It was 27th September 2014 when Thorpe was named on the Manchester United bench for the first time by the club’s then manager Louis van Gaal, for a game against West Ham United. Though, he came on at the expense of Angel di Maria, Thorpe’s appearance in a United shirt only lasted a minute.
Thorpe has also represented the England national team in all age groups from U-16 to U-21, winning 2010 UEFA European Under 17 Championship. His performance helped Manchester United U-21 team to record the best defence in the team, attracting attention from clubs like Birmingham City, who signed him on loan. He was playing for Bolton when he signed the contract with ATK. “I will learn a lot under Teddy’s leadership, and will play to win. But I am sure my stint in ATK will have a remarkable impression on my career path. Above all I would like to thank the management for choosing me to be a part of this squad.” Said the 24 year old defender.
Indian football could well witness something that Manchester United missed, do you think Thorpe will be a good addition for the defending champions?