Bobby Duncan: Continuing Gerrard’s Legacy
In the most recent summer transfer window, Liverpool signed local striker Bobby Duncan from title rivals Manchester City for a fee of £230,000. The 17-year-old joined Liverpool as an academy prospect for the U18 squad, signing a 3-year professional deal with the Reds.
Bobby Duncan is a lad from Whiston on Merseyside. He has previously played for Wigan’s youth set up and Manchester City’s academy, respectively. He isn’t the first player from his family to play for the club, as he’s the cousin of former Liverpool captain and club icon Steven Gerrard. He has been a regular feature in the Academy this season becoming a key figure in the way that Barry Lewtas, the club’s U18 manager, has his side playing. He was with both Liverpool and Merseyside rivals Everton when he was younger, but neither had signed him up.
DUNCAN’S ACADEMY HISTORY
He was spotted by Wigan Athletic when he was eight, whilst playing for St. Helen’s Town. He played for Wigan for 18 months before being snapped up by Manchester City at the age of 10. Playing for Cardinal Heenan School based in West Derby, not far from Anfield, he guided them to victory in the National Schoolboys Cup. He tallied a total of 24 goals in the competition, which is a national schoolboy record.
In the 2015/16 season he scored an impressive 66 goals. City were awed with Duncan’s form and because of this, they offered him a big professional contract to stay at the Etihad. However, Duncan felt his route to the first team was going to be a hard one and joined Liverpool a season later, as he believed he had a better route to the first team due to Klopp regularly giving chances to younger players. Before putting pen to paper on his three-year deal with the Reds, he was an object of interest of other top European clubs like Juventus, Spurs, Monaco and Roma.
DUNCAN FOR ENGLAND
Duncan holds an impressive record in the England setup. Playing in an England U16 game against Brazil which ended 4-3, he scored three goals and became the first England player at any age group to score a hat-trick against the Gauchos. In the U17 squad he has played 15 games scoring 5 goals, including in a UEFA Under 17s European Championship game against Norway that sent the Young 3 Lions squad into the semi finals. He also has 8 caps for the England U16 squad scoring 5 goals, including that famous hat trick against Brazil. Even though he spent last year without a club, he was still getting call-ups to the U17 squad.
HOW HAS DUNCAN STARTED?
At just 17 years of age Duncan has started rather impressively for Barry Lewtas’ side. The striker has been prolific in the U18s Premier League since he arrived on Merseyside, scoring six goals for the U18s in just eight appearances. He has also shown himself to be more than just a goalscorer as he has created 3 goals for his teammates this season. The England U17 international has also featured in every UEFA Youth League game for the young Reds side, playing four times. Klopp has obviously been impressed with his development after he has been in first team training on a few occasions.
Hopefully, Duncan can follow in the footsteps of his rather famous cousin, Steven Gerrard, and become one of the next local heroes of the club coming from the Academy, continuing the family legacy at Liverpool FC.
Here is a compilation of some of Duncan’s best bits as a prolific goalscorer in academy setups: