Youth football expert glad to see Yeboah Amankwah leave Manchester City at right time

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Yeboah Amankwah spent six years in the Manchester City academy from playing youth football but he has now left The Etihad for Belgium.

The 21-year-old never played a game for the citizens or even featured in a matchday squad for the senior team and despite two good loans at Rochdale and Accrington Stanley, he has now been sold.

City have moved him to one of their many feeder clubs Lommel in the Belgian second division and Kinetic Academy founder Harry Hudson thinks that it was the perfect time for one of his former players to move on from the champions.

“It’s definitely the right time for him,” Hudson exclusively told The Football Wonderkids. “City were amazing for Yeboah in taking him from grassroots to develop him much as a player.

“He’s had two really good loan moves and while I don’t know much about the club, Yeboah could have probably moved to League One or move abroad and go the other route that more young English players are taking.

“Only time will tell if that was the right move for him but I understand it and the evidence will show that trying something abroad and widening the styles of football can be good for a young player.

“If City have moved him there then there must be a reason behind it, it’s just so hard to break into Manchester City’s team. I love Yeboah and I back him but ultimately Pep Guardiola can go and spend £70-80million on the best centre-half in the world.

They’ve even got talent they already rate really highly like Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Luke Mbete so it’s always going to be incredibly difficult to break in.”

With Lommel firmly a part of the City Group, the Citizens will get first call for a buy-back if Amankwha begins to flourish in Belgium and other clubs come calling for his services.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson is concerned that one of his other foundation graduates may be under threat of losing his status at his new club if the manager is sacked.