For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Manchester City kid Lewis Fiorini is next on our list.
The City starlet has been with the Citizens since his early years. He’s now making his way, slowly but surely, up their youth ranks.
With so much high quality in his position as a midfielder at City, it’ll be extremely hard for him to make a break into Pep Guardiola’s senior side anytime soon. That’s not to say this year can’t be big for him though.
Fiorini is making his way with the Manchester City U23s now
Still only 17, most of Fiorini’s football is coming with the Citizens’ U18s outfit. This year he’s played seven times but some appearances are coming in the U23s as he makes his way up the food chain.
Just this week he scored his first goal at that level. The teenager netted in a 2-0 win over Tottenham. He likes a goal at U18 level too, putting up impressive numbers with eight goals in 19 games.
Fiorini’s a promising talent with bags of potential. Technically he’s very good already, transitioning into a number ten from his early days as an eight. It allows him to use his ability in front of goal and link play.
He clearly has a good attitude too. Speaking with the Manchester City website in 2018, he identified some of the best advice he’s taken on board.
“Stay humble,” he said. “With the good things you get don’t let them affect you and keep on the same track or path that you want to be on.”
Whilst not as pressing as some youngsters, senior experience would obviously help Fiorini. It might not even be a case of getting him out on loan either.
There’s so much talent for Fiorni to work with and bounce off. Not to mention that City’s boss is Pep Guardiola, who revamped the meaning of a modern day midfielder.
He has his engine room pressing from the front, picking the ball up, and spraying passes.. All of this is done within seconds and with deadly precision. It’s skills Fiorni should look to cash in on.
Even if he doesn’t fully make the breakthrough for years yet, learning from this City squad whilst the club is going through a golden period is vital. It’ll stand him in good stead heading into 2020 and beyond.
Fiorini is making progress at City and the 17-year-old will be one to keep an eye on next year.