Teenage Derby County striker Liam Delap has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Manchester City. Son of former Premier League full-back Rory Delap.
Liam has impressed this season helping Derby Under 18’s to the Premier League North trophy.
Although impressive for Derby this season, It’s widely believed that he caught the eye of City scouts whilst on international duty for England Under 16’s at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament in Turkey, a tournament in which Delap finished top scorer and secured the golden boot.
If City did sign the young forward its believed he would go straight into the Elite Development Squad, which would be a brand new challenge for the 16-year-old. Should City tempt the youngster to the Etihad they would need to pay the Rams compensation as part of the Fifa solidarity payments scheme.
It’s rumoured that the compensation figure could be around the million-pound mark, a gamble that I’m sure City won’t mind making.
Will it be worth it?
It all depends on game time in aiding the development of the player, something City has a history of not being the best with, when it comes to youth players.
Anyways, here’s two reasons why Liam Delap will make it to the top of the game, whether that be at Manchester City or at Derby County.
Something that many believe can’t be taught is the natural instinct of a striker, being in the right position at the right time, but young Delap, unlike his dad, has this in bucket fulls. If you watch the young lad in games he’s constantly on the move and trying to find pockets of space on the edge and inside the box.
Being in the right place at the right time is a trait that will take young Delap far in the game, even if it’s not at the highest level, everybody is always on the lookout for a goalscorer.
Good People Around Liam Delap
In his dad, Liam has a great role model and someone who has been around the game for a very long time, Rory Delap was a player at many levels in the Football League and in the Premier League. Therefore he will know that he needs to keep his lads feet on the ground, and even if he does go to the bright lights of the Etihad, he still needs to work hard.
It’s this model and motivator that many young players lack, and it sees them fall out of academy sides thinking they’ve already made it when they get signed.