The word wonderkid gets thrown around a fair bit in football. In fact, Liverpool have already reportedly all but wrapped up a deal to sign one of the Barcelona variety, 16-year-old winger Bobby Adekanye, whose future with the Catalan giants has been undermined by accusations they broke UEFA rules when they first signed him up at 12 years of age.
Now, reports in the United States that have since been picked up by papers in England claim there’s another so-called wonderkid on the way: 17-year-old Real Salt Lake and American U18 striker Brooks Lennon. This isn’t entirely surprising news, though, as Lennon has impressed Liverpool’s coaches while spending time at the academy on a number of occasions over the past two years.
In addition to impressing on trial with Liverpool, Lennon scored 31 goals for Real Salt Lake’s academy side last season and is a highly rated prospect in MLS circles. He has reportedly applied for Irish citizenship, which having been granted would make him eligible to join Liverpool, clearing the only stumbling block that prevented the club signing him following his last spell in England in the spring.
If his signing can now officially go through, he would become the third American prospect to join the club in recent seasons, following Villyan Bijev and Marc Pelosi. Bijev has since moved on to Bulgarian side Cherno More Varna, while Pelosi is currently without a club after being released by Liverpool this summer.
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