Gavin Skelton said Carlisle United will continue to monitor the progress of trialist Manasse Mampala after his first Blues outing.

The ex-Everton and QPR striker played the second 45 minutes of the Blues’ 8-0 win at Penrith yesterday.

Mampala featured on the right and in the centre of United’s attack in an energetic performance.

It came after the 20-year-old has spent the early stages of pre-season training with Chris Beech’s squad.

Mampala looks set to get another opportunity to impress in one of this Saturday’s friendlies against Workington Reds and Hebburn Town.

“He’s done well,” said assistant boss Skelton on the attacker.

“We continue to monitor him.

“We played him in a couple of different positions [against Penrith] – we played him out wide right, and up front to see him running in behind.

“He did ok. Hopefully he’ll be with us this week and he’ll play at the weekend.”

The Kinshasa-born forward, who moved to England as a child, was with Everton from the age of 15 before a spell with QPR last season.

He played for the Toffees' Under-23s, helping them to league and cup success in 2018/19, and performed in the EFL Trophy in 2018 and 2019.

He is one of "two or three" trialists head coach Beech says has been with the squad in recent weeks, though one of the others has since been released.

Speaking before the Penrith game, Beech said of Mampala: "If he does well we can then look at what’s round the corner for him next.”