Youth football expert worries for Omar Richards if manager is changed

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…

Omar Richards made the dream move to the Premier League over the summer but one of his youth football idols is concerned with his injury.

Nottingham Forest opted to take the punt on the 24-year-old having been out of favour at Bayern Munich behind Alphonso Davies but they knew about his injury before signing the contracts.

Richards came from the Kinetic Academy which was founded by Harry Hudson and he worries that he could be left out in the cold if Steve Cooper were to suddenly leave the City Ground.

“Inevitably, it’s going to affect it,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids. “The first thing is they signed him knowing about the injury so it’s not like they were unaware of it.

“They obviously want to get him back as soon as possible but it’s a groin that is taking a bit longer than they maybe hoped but I’m sure he will get back quickly.

“The concern will be if the manager is moved on and he was a signing the manager liked and the new manager coming in could make it problematic for him but you never know.

“In certain clubs, the sporting director has a bigger say than the manager and if the manager has been backed then he’ll play but it’s football and Omar will have to get used to that.

“He might have to go and prove himself again if he needs to but I want him to get back fit as soon as possible for him and with them not winning every game, he might get a chance.”

Nottingham Forest next take on Leicester City in a local derby at the King Power Stadium but Richards will still be out of action by then.

In other Kinetic Academy news, the foundation are making waves in the FA Youth Cup with high expectations set by Hudson for all three teams.