Liverpool have within their youth ranks the ‘new Gareth Barry’, according to their academy director Frank McParland.
17-year-old Marc Pelosi is hailed as one of the club’s rising stars and McParland believes big things await the youngster.
The American is believed to possess the potential and quality to become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. McParland said,
“He reminds me of Gareth Barry of Man City,” the England international has made 53 appearances for his country, many of them alongside current England captain and Reds legend Steven Gerrard.
The 31-year-old is regarded as one of the best English midfielders of his generation and is regarded by many a more traditional player- a ‘proper footballer’.
Whilst he may not exude the glamour of his continental contemporaries, Barry is the staple of the team – initially for Aston Villa where he made 441 appearances, and in recent years for Manchester City and England.
His survival in the Manchester City team, despite an influx of some of the world’s most talented and creative players, is key – he has been one of the club’s most important first-team players since his arrival in 2009. It speaks bounds that he has been one of the only members of the 2009 team to remain a first-team regular. And it’s not without reason.
He is capable, as he was against both Fulham and Sunderland this year, of 90% accuracy in his passing – his pass completion stats are on a par with the best of the Premier League, City teammates Yaya Toure and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and, when he performs at that level, he is one of the best midfielders on the continent.
He reads the game sublimely – whilst many accolades are awarded to those with the vision to pick out passes, Barry’s greatest asset often goes unnoticed. He plays behind the attack and, in that role, he can see everything unfolding before him – he is the first to make crucial interceptions, the first to position himself correctly when the opposition breaks and the first deny them any space and time on the ball.
If McParland believes he has the new Gareth Barry, Liverpool fans should be wringing their hands and waiting in anticipation for the youngster to make his debut.
"We think he has really high potential," said the director. Interesting Liverpool almost bought Barry himself in the summer of 2008 – Rafael Benitez had made a move to lure him from Villa Park. Barry even expressed his desire to move to Anfield that summer but the Reds were unable to meet Villa’s demands and, subsequently, Barry moved to City the following year for £12 million.
But now it seems the club have grown their own – young Marc Pelosi could be the future of Liverpool Football Club, the next generation at Anfield.
Do you have high hopes for Pelosi? Is the comparison a compliment?
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