Delap Jnr in line to make his Man City debut in Carabao Cup tie with Bournemouth after Pep Guardiola fast-tracks explosive 17-year-old Liam – son of former Stoke long-throw specialist Rory – into his first-team
- Liam Delap is in line for his senior Manchester City debut on Thursday night
- The 17-year-old striker made the bench for the league game with Wolves
- Delap has been fast-tracked into the first team after signing from Derby
Explosive young striker Liam Delap is in line for a senior Manchester City debut on Thursday night.
The teenager, who does not turn 18 until February, is the son of former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap and has been fast-tracked to first team training after signing from Derby County last year.
An England Under 17 international, Delap was a surprise name on Pep Guardiola’s bench for Monday’s 3-1 victory at Wolves in Sergio Aguero’s absence.
Explosive young striker Liam Delap is in line for his senior Manchester City debut on Thursday
The 17-year-old was a surprise inclusion on the City bench for the league game with Wolves
Guardiola vowed to name a much-changed side for Thursday’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Bournemouth, with Delap in contention to start.
Tommy Doyle, Felix Nmecha, Adrian Bernabe, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Cole Palmer are all under consideration for selection.
City sources have long since talked up Delap, who scored twice during the Under-21 team’s recent EFL Trophy win over Mansfield Town.
Delap trained with Guardiola’s squad during Project Restart and City believe he has the physical capabilities to deal with men’s football already.
Delap trained with Pep Guardiola’s squad during Project Restart and scored in the EFL Trophy
The youngster is the son of former Stoke and Premier League player Rory Delap
‘Obviously the players are the best of the best and being around them shows what the highest level is like and what it takes to be there,’ Delap said. ‘Getting a taste of that gives me great confidence.’
Guardiola is dealing with a spate of injuries, with Aguero, Aleks Zinchenko, Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo among those missing out. Eric Garcia has a chance of featuring, as does Aymeric Laporte, although Ilkay Gundogan is still self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
Delap’s emergence played a part in fellow promising front man Charlie McNeill opting to leave City for rivals Manchester United in a deal that could eventually top £1.25million.