Whilst scouting PSV Eindhoven, in preparation of their Champions League Group Stage game, Manchester United watched the Heerenveen against PSV in the Eredivise, and found themselves very impressed by the solid performance of one of the defenders.
Heerenveen’s 18 year old defender, Jerry St. Juste, stood out in the match. The Dutch centre back showed great pace, anticipation and strength, whilst also favouring a run forward every so often.
He managed to help his underdog side hold Dutch champions PSV, to a 1-1 draw.
St. Juste has started all of Heerenveen’s matches this season and played the full game in each. He’s currently valued at just under £400 thousand.
The young Dutchman looks like a good young prospect for Manchester United but if the intended buy of St. Juste is to support the Red Devils defence then it’s not a very good plan.
United currently start with Chris Smalling, who has been a revelation this season, and the make-shift centre half Daley Blind, who has played well but, isn’t great defensively. As back up there’s Phil Jones, who is on way back from injury and, Paddy McNair, who is also young and inexperienced.
With Luke Shaw’s injury, United seriously lack depth at the back, bringing in an unproven teenager wouldn’t do much to help the defensive depth problem.