This week we take a trip up North to Manchester, Carrington to be precise to take a look at Manchester United’s latest striking prodigy John Cofie. The Ghanaian born forward who chose to play for England over his native land and was also courted by the German FA over ancestry rights.
It seems the English FA have landed on their feet with his decision as Cofie is taking the Academy league by storm with his powerful running and deadly marksmanship in front of goal.
He has progressed at such a rapid rate that Ole Gunnar Solskjær promoted him straight into his reserve side for Manchester Cup ties. He repaid this faith by scoring after coming on as a second half substitute against Stockport County in a 2 nil win for United.
It could have been all so different for the youngster who United took from Liverpool’s grasp as a 14-year-old from Burnley’s academy scheme. An undisclosed fee and a 25% sell on clause were enough after the youngster refused to rejoin Burnley after training with the Red Devils.
Name: John Cofie
Born: 21st January 1993, Aboso, Ghana
Height: 1.82m (6 ft)
Squad Number: N/A 9 in Academy fixtures
Previous Clubs: Burnley (youth)
Goals Scored: 0
National: England under 17
Goals Scored: 0
Current Ability: 2/5
Potential Ability: 4/5
A household name of the future even if he doesn’t make the grade at United. His firm grounding at Carrington can only hold him in good stead for the future. Already possesses a blistering turn of pace and immense confidence when through on goal. Is already highly thought of in the corridors of Old Trafford and with his current rate of progression will be in Sir Alex’s first team reckoning for years too come. Is unfortunate that United are currently blessed in the striking department but maybe given a loan spell at lower level could bump him up the striking queue.
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