Manchester United have lost one of their rising stars.
16-year old Mipo Odubeko was regarded as one of the club’s hottest young prospects after scoring 35 goals for their academy last season, However, the 16 year old, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level, has chosen to walk away from the club, after his contract expired at the end of June.
The move was fuelled by his conviction that his future development is likely to be best served elsewhere from Old Trafford, and there is now a queue of clubs lining-up to sign him. They include Newcastle United and Burnley in England, but the likelihood is that he will move abroad instead – Bayern Munich, Feyenoord, and Genoa are just some of the clubs ready to offer him his next move.
It illustrates yet again the perceived lack of opportunities for even the brightest talents amongst the top Premier League clubs, and the apparent easier route to first-team football offered by many of their European counterparts.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.