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What’s the hype over West Brom’s 16 y/o Louie Barry as Barcelona sniff around

Barcelona is joining the trend of scouting young English talent, will we one day see Barry sporting a red and blue kit overseas?

Louie Barry has recently celebrated his 16th birthday, which allowed West Brom to jump at him with a 3-year contract. According to reports, the hastiness of giving Barry a contract came as a result of the European superstars Barcelona sniffing around the youngster. He may well follow suit of Jadon Sancho, a young Englishman who made a name for himself abroad.

Louie Barry has represented both Ireland and England internationally, therefore another game of tug-of-war with the youngster in the middle could one day be seen as both nations would want him in their ranks.

Not many of us had a move to Barcelona in mind during our GCSEs, but with this special talent, it is most definitely justified.

Here are two reasons why Barcelona want to swipe Louie Barry from West Brom’s future…

What he did for England

England’s under 15 squad recently partook in a competition over in Italy, where he bagged ten goals in five games. Apparently, this clinical display in front of goal is what drew the attention of clubs such as Barcelona and PSG.

Doing the job

Barry has been seen in the West Brom under 18s squad in the under 18s Premier League, where he has 12 appearances in which he scored 4 goals and gained 3 assists.

He has played in several positions. His main role is centre forward, with one goal and one assist from this position in three appearances up top. However, he featured as a right-winger, with four appearances in this role with one goal and two assists, and a left-midfielder also, starting here on two occasions and getting one goal. When instructed, he can play both out wide and up-front, providing both goals and assists.

Burnley link to Bolton Wanderers youngster is a sign of the future for Dyche?

Another exciting English youngster is looking to break his way into the Premier League.

Burnley are following suit of other Premier League clubs by displaying an interest in a promising young English talent. A luxury that will fetch a sweet penny after being proven at a Premier League standard. It is Bolton Wanderers’ 20 year-old full-back Harry Brockbank who is garnering attention from other clubs amid Bolton’s relegation into League One.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley squad had a rough 2018/19 season, narrowly escaping relegation by six points. With it mind that Sean Dyche needs to massively improve his Burnley squad. It may seem a strange pursuit to go after Bolton’s Harry Brockbank, as he only started three games towards the end of Bolton’s very troublesome season.

However, many clubs including Sunderland, Brentford and Ipswich are keen on Harry Brockbank, meaning that he must offer something that over clubs are keen on bringing in. In Burnley’s case, Harry Brockbank could gain Premier League experience as an understudy to the incredibly experienced Phil Bardsley, who turns 34 this summer.

Sean Dyche’s interest in the youngster demonstrates an interest in securing a solid future for the side. We could see Brockbank gain interest from big clubs in years to come, potentially fetching a similar price to the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and other English Premier League talents.

The 2 Man Utd wonderkids who could have a major impact on the club’s 19/20 season

Are Manchester United over signing big names as an attempt to claw back to the top of English football?

It’s fair to say that since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have signed a gallery of elite footballers. Most of which did not provide what their price tag entailed. Ed Woodward has spent over £700million since 2013, resulting only in minimal success.

However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the wheel, it seems a new approach is being taken in order to rebuild the once glorious Manchester United.

Here are 2 Man Utd wonder kids who could feature in the 2019/20 season, and prove vital to their aspirations of a top-four finish…

Mason Greenwood

Towards the end of the 2018/19 season, a lot of hype and excitement was generated around the name Mason Greenwood. He holds the accomplishment of gaining 34 goals and 9 assists in 34 games for Manchester United’s Under 18 squad.

These phenomenal statistics allowed Greenwood to be featured in the famous 3-1 victory at PSG, as well as being the only player in red to be allowed to hold his head high after the team’s poor performance against Cardiff in the last game of the season at Old Trafford.

It is clear that Mason Greenwood is in the mind of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and fans would be outraged if he is left out of the plans during the 2019/20 season.

Daniel James

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first signing for Manchester United came in the form of the 19-year-old Welsh winger Daniel James. Famed for his unbelievable pace, this is reminiscent of a young Ryan Giggs who was an instrumental feature in Manchester United’s old-school, fast-paced counter-attacking format.

Daniel James may not be expected to start in every game of the season. However, having this young, hungry and exceptionally talented speed demon on the bench, could provide Manchester United with the last minute twists and turns that they are famous for.

Who’s Man City’s Noah Ohio & Why Should They Be Trying To Keep Him

Should Pep Guardiola let Noah Ohio follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps?

Much like Noah Ohio, a 16-year-old striker of English and Dutch citizenship, Jadon Sancho was part of Manchester City’s youth set-up from 2015 to 2017, when he rejected a new contract in order to join the German giants Borussia Dortmund. Who finished only 2 points behind the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the 2018/19 season.

Fast forward 2 years and Jadon Sancho is one of the world’s most sought after players, being valued at around £100million at only 19 years of age, as interest from the best teams in world football are chasing his signature.

Noah Ohio has also rejected a contract from Manchester City and is on the verge of signing with RB Leipzig, who comfortably achieved a third-place finish in the Bundesliga behind Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The 16-year-old striker has played 4 games for Netherland’s Under 16 squad and has bagged himself 4 goals in those games, he knows where the back of the net is, much like his superior Sergio Aguero. With the assumption that Noah Ohio can follow suit in the rapid progression that Jaden Sancho had when exposed to first team football, Manchester City would do well to hold onto this prolific young striker and develop him into a suitable replacement for the 31-year-old superstar Sergio Aguero.

It is clear that teams in the Bundesliga are seeking out young English talent, with the likes of Jonjoe Kenny joining Schalke on loan from Everton, West Ham’s Reece Oxford to Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg and Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim, and now Noah Ohio being strongly linked to RB Leipzig.

Manchester City allowing a future star to leave could hurt them financially, as he may go on to be an £80million plus player like Jadon Sancho, the least they could do is attempt to gain a sell-on clause in order to reap some rewards of the young blooming talent.

Noah Ohio is definitely one to watch, it would not be surprising to see him being linked to the top clubs in the next few years, fetching a hefty price.

Man City Is The Perfect Move For Derby County’s Liam Delap – Agree?

The news of a possible move for Liam Delap had broken yesterday and that move could be to Manchester. 

The 16-year-old striker has supposedly impressed City as he has been a key part of Derby’s under 18’s title win. He has also been named as an “England youth sensation.” Delap already has a really successful set of stats behind him for a teenager, he managed to get the golden boot in Turkey at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament, he scored in Derby’s under 18’s 6-0 win against Wolves and his dad is the former Rams player and coach, Rory Delap.

It’s no wonder that Delap has been looked at by the Premier League champions but if the youngster did move to City, he would start in their development squad and Derby would also be due some compensation as part of the FIFA solidarity payments scheme. 

I think City are one of the most tactical and sensible teams when it comes to signings. Looking at the young talent and investing in players early, is pleasing to see as a player comes through the youth teams and eventually ends up training with the first team. It’s not as daunting for a player to just throw them in at the deep end with a new club. If the blues do sign the youngster and it doesn’t work out in the long run, even having him on the team should value him at a large amount if it should come to letting him go. 

Like any team during this transfer window, every club is keeping their options open, and looking for new signings before the start of the season. However, Pep Guardiola also has the departure of Vincent Kompany on his hands and now talks of David Silva also on his way out of the club.

Now is a perfect time to start building their youth team so they can replace their legends. City would be a great move for the 16-year-old because it seems like when a player joins the club and is successful, they seem to spend a long time there. Silva and Kompany are both celebrating 10 years with the Manchester side, and I hope to see more youth players end up being title winners with the club.