Confirmed: Brandon Barker joins Rotherham on two-month loan switch

One of Manchester City's brightest talents has gone out on-loan in search of some regular first-team opportunities, as he looks to continue to develop his own game and return to Eastlands with a starting berth in sight.

Brandon Barker, who turned 19 in October, is yet to make his official competitive debut for the Citizens - having progressed through the youth ranks over the past few years.

Certainly a player to look out for

Standing out as one of the best prospects in the youth system, he developed his game through the under-18 and under-21 squads, where he has been able to flourish under the tutelage of Patrick Vieira and Jason Wilcox since 2013.

Unlike Patrick Roberts, Manu García and Kelechi Iheanacho though, he is yet to make his senior bow for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Having been invited to the first-team's pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, he certainly took his chances well - looking a constant threat on the wing, scoring a goal and creating plenty of chances for his other teammates too. As well as that, he has been training with the senior players and making the substitutes' bench on a handful occasions recently, he was arguably on the verge of making his much-awaited debut for the club he holds so dearly in his heart.

Brandon hoping to shine and get his chance to do so

Rotherham announced the deal in the afternoon on their Twitter account, and he could feature against Ipswich Town in Saturday's 3pm kick-off, provided they get clearance from the FA to field him before the cut-off point. He will wear the No.26 shirt during his time there - this loan switch comes months after reports suggested numerous clubs across the country were eagerly hoping they could sign him on respective loan deals elsewhere, including Leeds United, but the deal fell through in the summer transfer window.

The club's manager Neil Readfearn was understandably excited to bring the youngster into his ranks, with the loan deal expiring on January 17.

Highly-rated teenager with plenty of potential

"He is a goalscorer who is quite young in years, but has had quite a lot of experience around the first-team at Manchester City. They think he is going to develop into a top player so for us to get him, is a massive plus."

He continued, saying that the move was "great" in terms of Rotherham's acquisitions, and fits exactly what they need because he has the ability to "opne sides up", can create goalscoring opportunities as well as goals - so will be a "massive addition" to the side.

Hopefully, Brandon can return to Manchester with some encouraging experience under his belt: plenty of supporters will be eagerly anticipating what they can see from him in the Championship.

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