Who is Daniel Arzani? All you need to know about Manchester City's new wonderkid set to join Celtic on loan
Daniel Arzani has finalised his move to Manchester City and is expected to go immediately on a two-year loan deal to Celtic - but just who is he?
Here's everything you need to know about him:
Full name: Daniel Arzani
Age: 19 (DOB 4 Jan 1999)
Position: Wing / Attacking midfield
Career so far: After coming up through the ranks at Syndey FC, he switched to Melbourne City in 2016 and after a year with the youth team, was promoted to the senior squad at just 18 years-old. Having played less than 90 minutes of senior football until the end of 2017, Arzani has flourished in the A-League since the turn of the year and even won the Harry Kewell Medal, recognised as the top Australian U23 player. Now he's moved from Melbourne to Manchester City (the clubs share the same owners) and is expected to head to Celtic Park on a two-year loan deal.
International experience: Arzani was born in Iran but moved with his family to Australia aged just six. He was callled up to the Socceroos U17 squad when he was only 15. His performances in the A-League were so impressive in the second half of last season that he even earned his first senior call-up. After playing in two friendlies, Australia made Arzani the youngest player at the World Cup finals as he came off the bench in all three group games.
What sort of player is he? In short, he's got silky skills and can leave a defender in a right tangle. He can play on either wing or in behind a central striker and he certainly has the potential to light up the Scottish Premiership. Here's a little look at some of his best bits so far from Youtube...
What's been said about him: Well, there's been plenty in Australia. They're very excited about his future, some calling him the next Harry Kewell. Former Rangers player Tony Vidmar has coached him at Melbourne and sums up the impact he can have on a game: "One stat he had this year was the amount of take-ons he had when he went past players was DOUBLE the next nearest player. He just has this belief and confidence that every time he gets the ball he can get past a player...and he's proved that he can do it." (Quotes via FourFourTwo)
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