Although Angelo Henriquez continues to flash signs of impressive potential, he's not yet ready to make a major impact with Manchester United. Going out on loan with Real Zaragoza should provide him with much-needed playing time to jump-start his development.
United announced the agreement with the Spanish side will run through next summer. It's the second straight term where Henriquez has gone out on loan. The defending Premier League champions will hope this one goes better than his stay with Wigan.
After ending last term on loan at Wigan Athletic, the 19-year-old is to head away from Old Trafford on a temporary basis again until 30 June, 2014.
Henriquez has been paraded in the Zaragoza kit at the Romareda Stadium ahead of linking up with his new team-mates and will look to make his mark in the Segunda Liga with Zaragoza facing an away game at Barcelona B at the weekend.
Henriquez moved to Wigan last winter but made just eight appearances before the end of the campaign. He didn't receive enough consistent playing time to make any major contributions or serious progress in his development.
He should receive more opportunities with Zaragoza.
The club was relegated from La Liga at the end of last season. One of the main reasons for the Blanquillos' frustrating struggles was a lack of attacking talent. They finished with just 37 goals in 38 matches, which tied for the second-lowest total in the league.
Things haven't improved in the early stages of the new campaign. While Zaragoza was able to earn a pair of draws, they have scored just once in the two matches. So any type of reinforcement capable of helping in the final third will be welcomed with open arms.
Henriquez clearly fits the bill. The 19-year-old striker has been terrific for Chile's under-20 national team, averaging more than a goal per match at that level. He's also scored a couple of goals with the senior side since being called up last fall.
Additionally, Henriquez impressed during United's preseason slate, showing he could very well have a future with the marquee club. He must first take steps toward reaching his tremendous potential, which is why going out on loan was important.
Will Henriquez eventually make an impact with United?
As things stand right now, the Red Devils' forward group is overflowing with talent. Robin van Persie leads the way, with Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the mix. Wayne Rooney also remains on the roster despite his elongated transfer saga.
So the amount of chances Henriquez would have received with United's first team were limited. He should work himself into a far more prominent role with Zaragoza, and that's exactly what he needs at this stage of his career.
Then, after the campaign comes to an end, everything resets and United can see where he stands. His future is bright; he just needs more time to develop.
Moving to Zaragoza should help that process, making it a good deal for everybody involved.