THE SECRET SCOUT: Romeo Lavia looks normal in the midfield role, he’s only 17 but already has so much to offer Manchester City and they should expect big things from him
- Romeo Lavia has a bright future ahead as a midfielder at Manchester City
- The 17-year-old starlet is already a regular in the club’s Under-23 lineup
- As a tiger-like player, he certainly seems to be making rapid progress up the Etihad ranks
Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches every week in search of the next star. He brings you his verdict in Sportsmail.
This week, Manchester City midfielder Romeo Lavia is in the spotlight …
WHAT DOES HE HAVE?
Club: Manchester City
Position: Central midfield
Value: £ 2.5 million
Holding midfielders is often limited to shielding their mid-back. They tend to stay in their central patch, never straying far.
One of the many talented players in City’s Premier League 2 academy, Lavia has more qualities than this. While young City players like Tommy Doyle, Liam Delap and Cole Palmer seem destined for more early calls to Pep Guardiola’s first-team bench, this tiger-like player certainly seems to be making rapid progress.
His enthusiasm for challenge, recovery in tackle, and overall midfield superiority stood out. When the opposition broke, he was aware that their second striker was falling short between the midfield and the back line.
He never let him breathe, snarled on his heels and won tackles to avoid launching attacks. But it was his sense of expectation that attracted me more. Several times he cut out steps with smart positioning and he looks natural in the role.
Romeo Lavia naturally looks like a tenacious midfield player and has brilliant expectations
WHAT DOES HE NEED?
I don’t see many drawbacks. He needs opportunities and has so much to offer. An added bonus is his ability to get out of his tenacious role to ascend a few meters and assist attacking teammates. He is willing to use both feet and at the age of 17 he is already an Under-23 regular. City must expect big things from him.
Lavia is only 17 but already regularly under 23 – that’s his talent within the Etihad ranks