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Ben Amos

Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 10th April 1990
Place of Birth: Macclesfield, England
Height: 6ft 3in (1.91m)
Squad Number: 40
International: England U20 (1 cap)
Joined Club: 1st July 2006
Previous Clubs: None
Contract: Professional

 
We may not have brought one through to the first team in a long time (let’s face it, which top team does these days?), but United have probably produced more talented keepers than any other type of player over the last 10 years – the Football League is littered with United Academy graduates keeping goal. Ben Amos is another exceptionally talented stopper to come through the ranks, and while it will be incredibly hard for him to earn a place in the first-team squad long-term, there’s no doubt at all that the blond-haired custodian from Macclesfield has a promising future in the game. Tall and agile, Ben has the clichéd old head on young shoulders, displaying impressive communication, organisation and positional sense for a young keeper. His kicking and general distribution have room for improvement but aren’t exactly weaknesses.

Amos has represented his country at Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 level already, and was only denied the opportunity to go to the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Cup with England by a dislocated shoulder injury picked up in United’s Youth Cup run earlier that year. His bad luck with international tournaments continued in the summer of 2008 when he made the provisional squad for the European U19 Championships but was left out of the final travelling party. Nonetheless he’s come a long way since being released by Crewe at the age of ten and all the evidence so far suggests he’s set to go a fair way further.

 
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