By Football Wonderkids Speaking to Harry Hudson

17th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Youth football expert thinks Yeboah Amankwah may never play for Manchester City

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 has been at Manchester City for five seasons now but youth football expert Harry Hudson thinks he may never play for them.

The 21-year-old graduated from Hudson’s own Kinetic Academy in 2016 to join the Citizens but he has been constricted to just a couple of loans in League One at Rochdale and Accrington Stanley.

Injuries have not helped his progress either but Hudson explained how Amankwah’s situation was different to that of Kwadwo Baah who was sent to the Dale over category one academies who had made their own offers.

“Everyone is different,” Hudson said exclusively to The Football Wonderkids. “Each pathway is unique to each player and always the most important thing.

“When we had Kwadwo (Baah), he was offered deals by category one academies to be a scholar at the same time he was offered a first-team deal at Rochdale.

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“We thought it was the best thing for him to go as a first-team player because of his circumstances and getting him out of London as well on a personal level and that proved to be the right decision.

“On the other end of the spectrum though is someone like Yeboah Amankwah who has been at Manchester City for maybe five years now without playing a first-team game for them and he probably never will.

“But he’s had more time to develop at City with the resources and the coaches that have helped him and now he is benefitting from League One loans now he is at an age where he is more prepared.

“A pathway to senior football is always the goal but sometimes it’s not with their parent club.”

Baah recently left Watford to join Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany after not getting the game time he wanted while at Vicarage Road.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson has weighed in on the current situation at Manchester United and admits he thinks it is not Erik Ten Hag’s fault.