Manchester City may sign Harry Kane this summer but there is one forward currently on the Premier League champions’ books hoping to be given a shot by Pep Guardiola.
Liam Delap, 18, has been given a taste of what it’s like to lead City’s line having made three appearances for the first-team.
He scored on his City debut, netting in a Carabao Cup win over Bournemouth in September 2020 and is naturally hoping for more days like that.
Those days may be few and far between this season, and it remains to be seen if Delap will be loaned out to get that all-important experience. But the England youth star has his long-term goals firmly in his mind.
On where he’ll be this season, Delap told talkSPORT: “Obviously I’ve spoken for the club and I’m going to wait and see what the club want me to do.
“I’m really happy here at the moment and everything that’s happened so far has been very good and I trust in them that they’ll make the right decision for me.”
He continued: “I’ve got my process here and my dream would be to play in the first-team. The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and that is my dream, that is my aspiration.”
And why wouldn’t he want to be a key forward for City? It’s a brilliant time to play there with Guardiola boasting two of the Premier League’s most creative players in his ranks.
Delap said: “It’s crazy. We’ve just signed Jack Grealish, the amount he’s created in the last few seasons. Him and Kevin [De Bruyne] playing together is going to be scary!
“The chances that they create for the forward players is going to be unbelievable. It’s going to be a very exciting season.”
As well as receiving a fine footballing education with Man City’s Elite Development Squad, Delap has a close relative who’s done the journey to becoming a professional footballer all before.
He’s the son of former Sunderland, Stoke, and Republic of Ireland international Rory Delap.
Delap junior appreciates all the vital things his dad has helped do for him. However, don’t expect him to be launching those menacing throw-ins that his dad was known for.
Delap added: “Throughout my life he’s been so vital in everything. He’s been through everything that I’m going through now and the help and advice he’s given me has been unbelievable.
And when asked about his throw-ins, Delap responded: “It’s alright but I don’t think I’ll ever bring it out.
“They’re not as long as my dad’s. I prefer getting on the end of the long throws.”
Now that would be a sight to see in a Guardiola side.