This report from the Daily Mail may have slipped a little under the radar. The Hammers’ potential move for Carl Jenkinson is not exactly a ground-breaking story, but tapped on the end is talk of a trial for a highly-rated youngster who goes by the name of Daniel Agyei. The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews for his showings in AFC Wimbledon’s youth ranks, where his talent has been becoming more and more obvious as the months pass.
But any West Ham fans wanting to know more about this teenager have been left bitterly disappointed. After all, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page! But we’ve delved into the far reaches of the internet to find out a little more about this young lad, and here are our findings…
Actually 6 in u21s and 29 for u18s 😊😊 https://t.co/tDy88OEgYB
— Daniel Agyei (@Daniel_Agyei) July 1, 2015
Although AFC Wimbledon’s youth set-up gets very little attention, Agyei’s exploits have generated quite a bit of hype. Goal returns from young players can be a little misleading – just look at Cherno Samba – but the teenager’s exploits are very impressive. Despite his tender age he’s already netted six for his side’s U-21 set-up, while 29 in his own age range, U-18s, shows that he’s got a fair amount of talent!
From the bits of footage there are of Agyei (most of which is not quite Sky Sports quality!) it’s clear the youngster’s game is about pace, power and skills. The forward has a solid frame and appears to be lightening quick across the turf, and while both characteristics are a good foundation, he matches his physicality with flashy skills and good technique. His approach may be a bit raw right now, but his ability to bamboozle defenders at his current level is impressive.
While West Ham appear to be the side most willing to offer Agyei a step up, there has been attention directed towards the teenager from other top clubs. Championship outfit Fulham are thought to have been paying close attention to his development, while Chelsea have also been aligned with him. However, with the Dons down in League Two, the promise of a quick step up to the first-team may be enough to keep him in Kingston upon Thames.
Breaking reports of West Ham’s willingness to offer Agyei a trial seem to be the result of some extensive monitoring of the player. Back in February is was claimed that the Hammers were watching the teen sensation, and now it looks as if they’re building on the scouting work put in.
Agyei seems like a very normal teenage boy. When he’s not tearing up youth football he loves getting involved in some ‘lolz’ on Twitter. His page is a stream of funny vines and memes, much like most young lads’ efforts. Here are some of the better ones:
When you’re winning 1-0 on Fifa and have to win to get promoted https://t.co/WjUII7LbJv
— Daniel Agyei (@Daniel_Agyei) June 26, 2015
— Daniel Agyei (@Daniel_Agyei) April 20, 2015
— Daniel Agyei (@Daniel_Agyei) January 19, 2015