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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. 

Hot Prospect: Two reasons Why Man City’s Target Liam Delap Will Make The Big Time

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.

Natural Goalscorer

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 Him

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.