Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Willy Kwambwala Makes Man United Debut Vs West Ham – Who is He?

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French youngster Willy Kwambwala has made his Premier League debut for Manchester United against West Ham in what could be seen as a big boost to his career, MySportDab reports.

Kwambwala started the game against the Hammers and was subbed off in the 84th with United trailing by two unreplied goals.

It was indeed a nightmare first team debut for the 19-year-old at London Stadium as United suffered a 2-0 defeat.

However, Kwambwala deserves his flowers for his remarkable journey to first team action with Manchester United which started in 2020.

Who is Willy Kwambwala?

Willy Kwambwala is a French youth player but of African descent. He was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo but was raised in France from the age of five.

He equally nurtured his football career in France with spells with different lower division clubs. Kwambwala’s football career gathered momentum in 2018 when he joined Sochaux academy.

He played for the French Ligue 2 outfit for two years before he was scouted by Manchester United in 2020

Liverpool were also reportedly interested in a move for the player but United won the race and signed the young sensation, who was then 16 years old.

Sochaux bagged £3.5m from the deal as the young defender switch to Man United academy in 2020. His career suffered a deep setback after he joined Manchester United as he picked up an injury which ruled him out of action for eleven weeks.

Meanwhile, he earned his plaudits for a promising and flamboyant campaign with Man United youth team before the injury blow.

In 2021, he was back to action and United hasten up and tied him down with his first professional football contract till 2025.

With his impressive outing with Man United youth team, Erik ten Hag drafted Kwambwala into Man United first team in 2022 due to injury issues.

Style of play and experience 

Kwambwala plays as a center-back. He is known for his stamina and technical skills at the back. He played for France U16 and has captained France U17 youth team as well.

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