By James Miller – @JamesMillernews
Bobby Duncan, remember the name. Signed from Manchester City, the young prodigy is the cousin of a well-known man around Anfield – Steven Gerrard.
Having said that, don’t jump to make any comparisons just yet. At just 17 years old, he is still very much in the development stage of his career. Duncan is a striker, one that certainly knows where the back of the net is and he is naturally more prolific in front of goal than his cousin.
In the early stages of his career he had trials with both Merseyside clubs Everton and Liverpool before eventually joining Wigan Athletic. The young forward then went on to join the Citizens and quickly proved himself to be one of the most promising prospects in English football.
If you haven’t come across Duncan yet, let this little fact introduce you. In the 2015-16 season he netted 66 times. Sixty Six. Incredible numbers to say the least. Although – let’s be realistic – the professional level is a different kettle of fish compared to playing at youth level.
But from the outside looking in, it appears Duncan is thoroughly focused on scoring goals. He can often be found posting on social media referring to his goal contributions after a game.
Duncan, at present, is a prominent figure for Liverpool’s under-18 side. So far this season, he has appeared 15 times at this level, registering an impressive return of 16 goals, in addition to that five assists.
Since signing for Liverpool for around £200,000, Duncan has seen himself rewarded with opportunities for Liverpool’s under-23 side. Born in Whiston, it’s fair to say playing for his home club is a big achievement but the Reds aren’t the only set up eyeing his talent. He has also featured for England at international level.
The future certainly looks bright for Gerrard’s young relative. On the other hand, he may well have his work cut out if he is to break through at the club. Jürgen Klopp appears to be blessed at the moment when it comes to nurturing players from the academy into the first team set-up, especially in a more central attacking role.
The boss may well have a decision to make in the future should Duncan continue performing at such a high standard. As things stand it would appear that Rhian Brewster is currently ahead of him in the pecking order.
Brewster – a youth World Cup golden boot winner – has evidently been on the radar of Klopp for some time now. Due to tough circumstance though, with injury keeping the forward out for over a year, his move into the first team has been put on hold.
Some stunning performances though for the under-23s in recent times after making his return just weeks ago will certainly send a statement of intent to the gaffer. Brewster has scored three in just two games following a long rehabilitation process, after the teenager suffered injury against Manchester City under-23s back in January 2018.
Still barely 19, Brewster looks like he may well be on the road back to some of his best form which saw him win the under-17 World Cup in 2017 with England.
With Dominic Solanke having been shipped out in January and Daniel Sturridge’s contract expiring in the summer, it seems like now is the time for a young striker to really stake their claim for a place in Klopp’s side.
Do you think Duncan or Brewster will feature in the first team next season? Let us know!