Nigeria born English footballer Noni Madueke is giving a good impression of himself in the Dutch league with some tipping him to be an instant hit if and when he hits the England squad.
The 19 year old attacking midfielder has played for England U16-18 sides proving at each level his ability to perform.
He has had an impressive breakthrough season with PSV. The former Spurs winger has improved his tactical awareness in Holland and has been tipped to explode like Phil Foden.
England use calendar rather than academic years as a metric for player development and that, more than anything else, paints a bright picture of the Under 21s’ newest recruit.
Noni Madueke is the only member of Aidy Boothroyd’s European Championship squad born in 2002. He turned the same age as Mason Greenwood earlier this month and while a call for a 19-year-old provokes little surprise on the surface, that he is the sole representative from his cohort feels significant.
Madueke’s story is one becoming more prevalent and, being a winger, prompts obvious comparisons to Jadon Sancho’s journey
Having excelled for Tottenham Hotspur’s academy teams, regularly smashing targets set by coaches constantly challenging him with higher ceilings, he wanted a clearer path to senior football. Even with Mauricio Pochettino in situ, Madueke felt better served searching for that elsewhere and PSV Eindhoven were the beneficiaries.
PSV had noted how he mastered the ball during the indoor Sonnenland Cup in 2017, after which he was named player of the tournament. Madueke, playing centrally off the striker back then, eventually chose the move to Holland a year later; PSV made a fuss of him, the club website interview, and the photoshoot. Not your normal academy signing.
This has been a true breakthrough season in the Eredivisie and the numbers are encouraging: a goal contribution every 65 minutes, nine to himself and eight assists. Madueke is often first change off the bench to inject energy into matches from the right.