Transfer on the cards as forward granted permission, he will play at Leeds on Saturday
By Harry Sykes
Forward Alie Bangura has joined Sheffield Wednesday on trial and is set to get a run-out in their Under-18s clash against Leeds on Saturday.
Broxbourne Borough have confirmed they have granted permission for Under-18s star man Bangura to have a week-long trial with the Championship big hitters.
The highly rated young forward travelled up from Hertforshire to join the Owls youth team last weekend and has trained with the South Yorkshire side over the course of this week.
The 18-year-old is expected to play a part in Wednesday’s Under-18s game against Leeds at their Thorp Arch training ground on Saturday.
Bangura grabbed the attention of the Championship outfit following his exploits for Broxbourne in the FA Youth Cup and was instrumental in their run to the fifth round, where they were finally beaten by Aston Villa.
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Broxbourne Borough are delighted that Bangura’s performances have been recognised by such a big club and is hopeful it will lead to a dream transfer for the teenager to the second-tier outfit.
Roy Bleau, the Broxbourne Borough FC U18 manager, told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “If it’s successful we’ll all be delighted – it’s great for him and for the club.
“The good thing is Sheffield have gone through all the correct procedures and channels with an official letter – and the club has granted it.”
Bleau explained what his week-long trial is likely to involve.
“In the trial you will be looked at in terms of fitness as it’s such a massive jump [to that level] and also on your technical ability, as well as you character,” he added to the Mercury.
“As you are in digs for the week they will want to see how you cope with being a long way from home and assess your character.
“They’ll look at everything including how you integrate with the players, and how you perform in sessions and how you take information on board.
“At the end of it they will put you in a match situation, which for Alie takes place against Leeds United on Saturday morning, and then make a decision on whether to sign you or not after that.”
The Under-18s of the Yorkshire rivals will face off at Thorp Arch on the same day as the senior teams will play what is an eagerly anticipated Championship fixture that pits the fifth-placed team in the division against the one in sixth.
Victory for one of the clubs could go a long way to securing a coveted play-off spot and a chance to press strongly for the holy grail of the Premier League.