Emile Heskey's son Jaden promoted to Manchester City U19s despite age gap
Jaden Heskey is only 16 years old but already finds himself training with the Under-19s at Manchester City.
Manchester City’s youth squad stormed to a 3-1 victory over Copenhagen in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday night, and one player in particular caught the eye.
Former England striker Emile Heskey watched on with his son, Jaden, on the bench. Jaden joined the Cityzens eight years ago and has risen through the ranks of the club’s academy.
Jaden didn’t end up with any minutes against Copenhagen, but even his selection in the matchday squad shows how highly rated the 16-year-old is.
He penned a scholarship deal with the Premier League champions in July and has become a crucial member of the Under-18s side.
The latest father-son duo?
Football has many father-son duos out there. Erling Haaland is a prime example, with the Manchester City striker following in his dad’s footsteps by making a switch to The Etihad in the summer.
Kasper Schmeichel is another, with the Danish shot-stopper creating his own legacy after his dad Peter shone at Manchester United.
It’s far too early to predict whether Jaden can go on to eclipse his father’s record – after all Emile did go on to win four League Cup medals at Leicester and Liverpool, as well as an FA Cup medal with the Reds.
But Emile is certainly a good role model for Jaden to follow. Just like his father, Jaden plies his trade as a powerful striker, and his dad will be teaching him every trick of the trade.
Catching the eye of Pep Guardiola will be difficult, but he’s certainly on his way to enjoying a bright career if he’s already pushing his way up the academy rankings at 16.
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