Omar Damba has been training with the Sheffield Wednesday first-team, as shown on his Instagram account.
The 19-year-old signed an 18-month contract halfway through last season, after scoring a hat-trick for the Richmond International Academic & Soccer Academy (RIASA) in a showcase game against Wednesday’s U23s, as per RIASA’s official website.
Having played in the Owls’ U23s, the Gambia born striker is now training with the first-team and indicated that he will ‘keep working’ in his caption.
When Damba signed for Wednesday, RIASA coach and former Owls captain Rob Jones spoke about the striker on RIASA’s Twitter account: “He’s a player, he was born and bred to play football.
“He has that tenacity and that desire to go to the next level, he may well now become a national player.”
Jones also spoke about the mental and physical capabilities Damba has developed, while mentioning he naturally has good technical and tactical skills.
Even having made this step up, it will likely be a big challenge for the 19-year-old to get first-team games, with his path currently being blocked by Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes, Sam Winnall and Atdhe Nuhiu.
Considering the Owls have already scored five goals in their first two games of the season, it seems as though they have enough firepower – but any team will always want more.
There likely won’t be too much expected of the teenager immediately, though it is certainly exciting to see a young player displaying promising signs.
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