Although he was left out of the squad for City’s 1-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Samuel Edozie looks to have an extremely bright future with the Citizens, and could prove to be the next Leroy Sane in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The 18-year-old, who joined from Millwall’s academy in 2019, was a regular in Guardiola’s side throughout pre-season and certainly caught the eye, scoring in games against Blackpool and Barnsley.
It was no surprise therefore to see him start in the Community Shield defeat against Leicester City, with Guardiola still without a number of first-team players after the Euro and Copa America tournaments this summer.
The Nigerian-born winger has electric pace, and has been compared with Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Sane during his time at City thus far, so will be looking to enjoy another strong season with the U’23s as he continues his pathway into the first-team.
Last season saw the teenager make 17 appearances in the Premier League 2, contributing three goals and two assists in total, so will be looking to improve on those numbers under the stewardship of new U’23s manager Brian Barry-Murphy this season.
Guardiola certainly liked what he saw of Edozie, singing his praises earlier this month, saying:
“As a young talent, having a special quality, a guy who gets to the box with intention to score a goal – it’s so important for wingers.
“He’s an incredible young player with good pace.
“But we have to be patient with him. He had minutes and played good and this is important.”
Although City have a plethora of attacking talent available to them on the wings, which suggests that Edozie will have to bide his time before earning regular first-team minutes, none possess the raw pace that Sane offered during his time at the Etihad.
The German international was hugely impressive during his three seasons with City, contributing 39 goals and 45 assists in 135 appearances for Guardiola’s side, helping them to successive title wins in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
Edozie certainly seems to possess a lot of the same characteristics as Sane, and if he can achieve anywhere near the level of success that the 25-year-old did during his time at the Etihad, then he will surely prove to be a huge success in the future.
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