Dele-Bashiru signs: Owls swoop for City youngster
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru of Manchester City celebrates with Nathanael Ogbeta after he scores during the UEFA Youth League group C match between Manchester City U19 and Shakhtar Donetsk U19. (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

The youngster joins The Owls for an undisclosed fee, likely to be fairly minimal with only 1 year remaining on his Manchester City contract.

He was offered a long-term deal by the Premier League giants, but ‘Fizz’ showed his desire for first team football following in the footsteps of his older brother Tom Dele-Bashiru who made the switch to Watford from Manchester to try and stamp his mark.

Speaking to the Wednesday website he said: “I’m honoured to sign for Sheffield Wednesday and I’m excited to be here. I’m at an age now where I want to be playing first team football and I am confident it will fall into place for me here.”

With Kieran Lee possibly on his way out of the club upon the expiry of his contract, Dele-Bashiru could prove to be the perfect replacement if Monk choses to persist with a midfield three.

The 19-year-old seems unfazed however at the thought of competing against Barry Bannan and Massimo Luongo for a starting spot: “I know there are other players in the same position but competition for places is a positive. 

“My game is about power, strength and pace, I like to go box to box and I like taking on a shot too.”

The confidence he emits is only natural with the pedigree of player he is and those who he has grown up alongside in the City academy from the age of eight, the likes of which include Phil FodenJadon SanchoEric Garcia and Tommy Doyle

During his last two campaigns in the blue side of Manchester’s youth ranks he has featured in the UEFA Youth League, most notably against Shaktar Donetsk where a goal and assist had him likened to club great Yaya Toure.

Anything like Toure will have Wednesdayites satisfied, for sure.

As well as experience in European Youth competitions he got a sniff at senior football during last season’s EFL Leasing.com trophy where he played for Manchester City’s under 21’s against Bolton Wanderers, a game that he again scored in.

The teenage starlet certainly fits the profile of what manager Monk wants from his players, youth, hunger, willingness to learn; all can be found in Dele-Bashiru’s armoury.

The trust between player and manager appears to be mutual: “The manager has shown a desire to bring me to the club and that means a lot. He has a good CV and I’m sure this is the right platform for me at this stage of my career.”

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