Achieving success today is one thing, maintaining it for the long term is another. It appears Manchester City is as mindful of the future as it is about today. Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero have starred in the City team of yesterday and today. The club is leaving no stone unturned in the acquisition of the stars of tomorrow. That is what must have informed the signing of promising youngster Daniel Ogwuru from Bolton Wanderers.
City had made an approach for the 14-year-old striker back in January but had a bid turned down by the Wanderers. However, the club got relegated from the Championship and has gone into administration as a result of financial difficulties. The player became available for free as a result and a number of clubs registered their interest in taking him. But City returned with the previous £100,000 offer that had been made and secured the player from the administrators.
The fee covers the player’s training fees as required by the league’s Elite Player Performance Plan regulations. The deal also involves performance-related add-ons that will kick in as the youngster progresses through City’s youth teams. And if he reaches the first team at the Etihad Stadium, Bolton will be entitled to fee that could be in the millions.
That is a huge possibility if the player continues to develop and fulfills his enormous potential. He is highly rated due to his size and poise in front of goal. That makes him well-suited for the club’s Under-15 team where he could begin his career as a Cityzen next season. Already a prospect for the England youth teams, the future looks bright for the youngster.