Birmingham have taken striker Devante Cole, son of United legend Andrew, on trial ahead of a possible deal.
Cole, 20, is still officially at Manchester City – the club he has been with since the age of seven – but looks set to leave in search of first team football.
After loan spells with Barnsley and MK Dons, he will be wanting first team football to follow in the footsteps of his father Andrew, who of course played for Newcastle United and Manchester United.
Last week, Cole arrived on trial at West Ham United in the hope of landing a deal with Slaven Bilic’s side, and featured in their 1-0 defeat to Colchester United.
Blues named Cole in their starting lineup last night to face Benfica ‘B’, confirming on their official Twitter account below that the 20-year-old had arrived on trial – and the forward played 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat.
Who is he and what’s his pedigree?
1. He’s got some celebrity sparkle
His father is none other than former England and Manchester United striker Andy Cole and Devante plays in the same position as his dad.
One of his main assets is his pace, he previously represented his county as a sprinter, but he has finishing ability too, as seen by his strike rate and long distance strike scored for the national under-17 side.
3. He’s travelled north and south
After his success he was loaned out to League 1 side Barnsley where he played 19 times and found the net on five occasions. He made his debut for The Tykes against Coventry on the same day he signed for the club. Despite this he didn’t score until his second appearance for the club against Gillingham.
He left South Yorkshire for MK Dons in January this year where he scored three goals in fourteen games. At the end of the season he parted ways with parent club Manchester City as he wanted to try his luck elsewhere due to the forwards blocking his path at Man City.
4. He’s got international caps too
The striker has showcased his talent after being selected for England at under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-19 levels. So clearly he is held in high regard by the FA and his former club side Man City who have tried to get him to re-sign.
Taking a gamble?
Cole has pace but is certainly very raw at this stage in his career, and West Ham probably took that into account to not take any further steps to sign the youngster.
However Gary Rowett has been known for getting the best out of his players and this could well prove to he a good move after missing out on Diego Fabbrini.
Also with no word on striker Mlapa who was also on trial last week, the Blues boss will know he will have to move quickly this time.
In short anybody who signs is likely an improvement to the attack which is led by Donaldson and is supported by Wes Thomas and utility man Lee Novak so if Blues can get Cole to sign for the club it is a big indication of the club’s intentions this coming season.
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