Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has praised young British-Nigerian winger Sam Edozie after the teenager scored three goals in three games during pre-season friendlies.
Guardiola has been surprised by Sam Edozie’s abilities, claiming the teenager and Nigeria prospect has ‘a special quality’.
Born in England to Nigerian parents, the 18 year old has been a key figure in the club’s U23 ranks since moving from Millwall on July 1, 2020.
Presently, he is part of Guardiola’s squad preparing for the new campaign and has stepped up to the demands of senior football scoring in each of the club’s last three matches.
Edozie was part of City’s Elite Development Squad that won the inaugural 2020-21 Premier League 2 diadem.
His abilities in front of goal have caught his Spanish manager who promised to be patient with him as he continues to develop.
“As a young talent, having a special quality, a guy who gets to the box with the intention to score a goal – it’s so important for wingers,” Guardiola was quoted by the club website.
“He’s an incredible, young player with good pace.
“But we have to be patient with him. He had minutes and played good and this is important.”
Edozie has made the most of the chances he’s been given after replacing Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling, who are still not back from their breaks.
Edozie arrived from Millwall for an initial £400,000 last year, and was in the right place at the right time to score the early opener as City beat Blackpool 4-1 on Tuesday night this week.
Edozie also scored against Preston and Barnsley in the last week, giving him a three-goal pre-season haul that only Riyad Mahrez can match.
They will face Leicester at Wembley in the Community Shield on Saturday, and Edozie has a chance of making the squad, with Guardiola saying last week he would be relying on ‘second team’ players.