By Pranav Shahaney

20th Oct, 2022 | 9:32pm

John Eustace gushes over Manchester United teenager Hannibal Mejbri

John Eustace has praised Manchester United loanee Hannibal Mejbri’s attitude after not featuring regularly for Birmingham City.

The Blues chief admits that his side are fortunate to have the 19-year-old at the club who the Red Devils have sent to gain first-team experience.

He has made nine appearances in the league this season with most of them coming off the bench.

“He is a cracking young player, we are very fortunate to have him here,” Eustace said, via Birmingham Live.

“The most pleasing thing is that work-rate. He has come from Manchester United with a big reputation. But to earn the right to play, earn the right to do anything you have to work hard. And to play in this team as well you need a team of workers.

“He has come in, he has shown he is very hungry, he has got that desire to work hard, the effort is there. He is doing very well at the moment. I haven’t seen him tired yet.

“All he does is gives me the thumbs up, I don’t think he understands what I am saying ‘Yes coach, no problems’. Listen, he’s obviously a talent, let’s hope he just continues that, there are going to be times when he has to come out of the team, going to have to be rested with rotations but at the moment he is playing fantastically well. I think the lads are really enjoy playing with him.”

Needs game time

Mejbri has already made his senior debut for United so it’s not like he’s new to first-team football at the highest level.

The reason he was sent out on loan to Birmingham as for him to gain first-team experience by playing week in and week out.

As things stand, that has not happened and the championship Club have not lived up to their promise. If this continues for a few more weeks, there’s a very good chance that the Old Trafford hierarchy decides to call him back in January and possibly loan him out to another club that will guarantee him playing time.

He undoubtedly is one of the highest-rated prospects in Manchester and the club would not want him to while away his time on the bench for a championship Club when he can gain first-team experience playing elsewhere.

It remains to be seen. If Birmingham changed their stance on the player or else United have an alternative ready, and there’s a good chance that they may exercise it.

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