Manchester City winger Jayden Braaf is closing in on making his full debut for the club, but what do we know about the 17-year-old talent?

With the season winding down to a series of dead rubbers, it would be the ideal time for Pep Guardiola to experiment with a few players who haven’t had game time.

While Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been keen to stress that he won’t ‘give games away like sweets’ and rotate his squad for the sake of it, Guardiola may see things differently and the tail end of the season will surely see some new faces get to grace the Premier League.

So, there’s a chance we may get our first proper look at the much-vaunted Jayden Braaf.

ASSEN, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 7: Jayden Braaf of Holland U18  during the  U18 Men match between Holland  v USA  at the Sportpark Marsdijk on September 7, 2019 in Assen Netherlands (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images

Braaf’s been compared to Jadon Sancho

These days it is more or less compulsory to pile the pressure on youngsters by comparing them to other players/

But Dutchman Braaf, who is just 17, has already been likened to Jadon Sancho and labelled a ‘Leroy Sane replacement‘ by papers such as The Sun.

But if you want to see for yourself what he is capable of, here are some highlights of Braaf during the U-17 World Cup in 2019.

He’s been impressive at youth level

The ex-PSV Eindhoven starlet has been on dazzling form in youth football.

This season, Braaf has managed 11 goals and three assists from 27 appearances, which is a pretty phenomenal return.

He also got a taste of cup competition in England when he played in the Checkatrade Trophy.

The amazing numbers saw Braaf awarded Manchester City’s U-23 Player of the Season Award.

Training with the first team

As the Premier League season at under-23 level and below has been prematurely ended by coronavirus, Braaf has been able to step up to first team training.

Returning from Amsterdam, where he spent the lock-down period, Braaf will believe that he can force he way into the senior ranks for at least a substitute’s appearance before the season is over.

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