Both Manchester United and Birmingham confirm that the 21-year-old centre-back Tom Thorpe is heading for another spell at St. Andrew’s.
Thorpe was very unfortunate in his Blues debut in the dawn of February, when he had to be stretchered off with an ankle injury after just a quarter of an hour. Now both clubs and the player make another attempt to figure out a successful loan spell and the player won’t return to United this season.
The versatile defender, who also can appear in a holding midfield role, has been the captain for Manchester United U21s over the past couple of seasons, and guided his side to the Barclays U21 Premier League title last season. Thorpe is a natural leader on the pitch, but he’s not only a tackler or header. The player, who’s represented England at all levels from U16s to the U21s, possesses vision, composure and technical ability better than the average centre back too.
The United U21 winger Jesse Lingard enjoyed a great spell at St. Andrew’s before Christmas, which apparently pulled the negotiations of the (first) loan deal in the right direction. “I’ve definately spoken to him (Lingard), and he only had good things to say about it, so obviously it helped my decision to come here”, Thorpe stated to Birmingham’s own TV channel Blues TV back in February. The entire interview is available on YouTube here.