Manchester City look set to make a huge mistake with academy sensation Jayden Braaf, as the winger looks to have lost patience with his lack of first-team opportunities with the Citizens.
Manchester Evening News have suggested that the club are actively looking to sell the former PSV Eindhoven youngster in the January transfer window, despite him signing a lengthy contract extension with the club in 2019.
The report suggests that the 18-year-old is keen to leave the Citizens, due to a lack of first-team opportunities with Pep Guardiola’s side.
Despite establishing himself as one of the most exciting players in City’s academy, having scored 12 goals in 24 games for the U23 side, he still hasn’t made a first-team appearance for the Citizens.
It seems therefore, that City could be in for a repeat of the situation that saw Jadon Sancho depart the club in 2018, with the Englishman having since established himself as one of the brightest young talents in European football with Borussia Dortmund.
Since leaving the Citizens, the winger has contributed a superb 37 goals and 49 assists in 115 appearances for the Bundesliga side, so it is definitely fair to suggest they made a mistake in letting him go.
Braaf has drawn comparisons with both Sancho and Leroy Sane for his playstyle, so it could definitely be argued that the club are making a mistake by not giving him a chance in the first-team and looking to sell him in January.
Former Manchester City U’23 coach Paul Harsley was full of praise for Braaf during his time managing the youngster, saying:
“Jayden’s a real handful for opposition full-backs when we can give him the ball and he’s got space to go and run at them.
“You can see with the goals he has scored and the chances he has created that – whether he goes outside or inside – he gives opposition defences all sorts of problems.
“Jayden has only just turned 17 and though he is still growing, it’s incredible to see his physique.”
The report suggests that Braaf attracted interest from Bundesliga sides in the summer, who were willing to pay around £8 million for his services, which, again, draws comparisons with Sancho, as he left for around £10 million, and is now valued at a massive £90 million.
City will want to ensure that if they do sell Braaf on a permanent deal, a buy-back clause is included, otherwise, it could prove to be a disastrous piece of business by the club’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
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