My word, there’s going to be a lot of pressure on this shoulders of this teenage talent…
Remember the name: Levent Gundogan.
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Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads have announced that 14-year-old academy product Gundogan has left to join Manchester United.
Described as a “very gifted player, who is comfortable up front or in attacking midfield” his club have revealed exactly how another Gundogan (Sorry, Ilkay, you’ve got company now) has ended up at a Premier League side in Manchester after spending two years under the tutelage.
Over to you Connah’s Quay…
Levent is a great example of the pathway for players within the FAW Academy system, and the opportunities that are available to move to a higher level.
Levent was selected for North Wales development squad this season, which leads into the Wales under 16 National team. After being selected from a Nomads Academy game Levent performed well with North Wales squad and was selected for a friendly game for the side away at Manchester United at the start of 2017.
He performed well in the game which saw him score four goals in a 4-4 friendly, away at Carrington. From this he was awarded a six week trial, for which he has been successful and signed a full time contract with Manchester United Academy last week.
Now, if he’s young, Welsh and a talented attacker, there will immediately be comparisons drawn between this youngster and United legend Ryan Giggs who played 963 times for the Red Devils, winning 24 major titles.
Of course, Giggs’ great success in a career which spanned over two decades at Old Trafford will probably never be replicated.
Still, a young Welsh attacker now has the chance to have a go at it.