‘A Star in the Making’ – Liverpool’s David Amoo

David AmooAfter moving from Millwall youth ranks in 2007, David Amoo has impressed during his time at Liverpool, helping the under 18s to the FA Youth Cup final in 2009 and progressing quickly to being in the starting eleven of John McMahon’s reserve side this season. Starting out as a prolific striker during his time at Milwall, Amoo has predominantly been used as a right winger during his spell on Merseyside.

He was a sought after signature by many top Premier League clubs as a youngster but the player opted to move north from London to Liverpool to be part of a vastly improving youth academy. The move has so far paid off for the winger, as last season his scored twelve goals, helping Liverpool to their third FA Youth Cup final in four years.

He had two significant moments during the campaign: he scored the only goal at Anfield against Chelsea’s under 18s to help Liverpool reach the quarter final of the competition, and produced a great run at the Emirates to provide a goal for Alex Kacaniklic in the two legged defeat to Arsenal in the final

The most notable attribute to Amoo’s game is his exceptional pace. It is no surprise he has represented London as a sprinter in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships, and he relies on it to make blistering runs from the right hand-side. On his day he can be unstoppable against opposition defences making him a very exciting player to watch. He has all the requirements to become an accomplished winger: he has strength, pace and a dribbling ability which gives a directness about his play. It gives him the ability to ghost past full backs to put in crosses and get himself into troubling positions in the opponent’s penalty box.

What gives him an extra edge though is that he was a formerly a striker, he has a eye for goal, which means he has an end product as well as the ability to create chances for others. It is something that the reserve team coaches are keen to get out of him. Reserve Head Coach John McMahon said after Amoo scored two against Hull in a recent 4-1 victory:

We keep saying to David he needs to be on the score sheet more often and he did well tonight, me and Antonio [Gomez Perez] lost a bet with him because we said if he scored tonight then Antonio would pay for the next meal we have out as a squad, so we are a little bit disappointed! I’m happy for David as he is always looking threatening and looking to score goals. It’s always nice to be threatening whenever we go forward.

There is no doubt that Amoo has progressed very quickly since his move from Millwall but there are still areas for improvement, including his final ball which like all young wingers will only get better with age and experience. For now he looks a very good prospect for the future, his pace will definitely be key. If he utilises it well with good ball-control, crossing and shooting ability, this player will be in prime position for a first-team place in the not-too-distant future. He reminds many of Ryan Babel, and if the Dutchman chooses to leave in January, Amoo will no doubt be an option for Rafa Benitez. He has been already selected in 28 man provisional squad for the Champions League at the start of the season to fill the English quota of players required by UEFA, but you never know, you might see him given a run out in a Europa League match in the coming months.

 


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