The name Daniel Arzani will not be at the forefront of Manchester City supporters minds. In fact and let’s be honest, but it is probably safe to say there will only be a few of us who would have heard of the Australian international attacking midfielder/winger. But, he does exist and is currently on a two-year loan deal at Scottish Premiership side Celtic.
At the beginning of August 2018 City brought the much fancied 19-year-old half way around the world from fellow City Football Group Melbourne City.
Without making any MCFC appearances and within two weeks of his arrival the 5ft 7in slender framed Aussi (Daniel was born in Iran) was shipped north of the border in an attempt to gain experience by playing top-level football and to bulk up his frame.
Praised for his lightning quick pace and dribbling skills the younger version of City’s Leroy Sane is most definitely a player in the making.
Still to make his senior Celtic debut Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers claims Daniel has a massive future ahead of him.
“It will be our job to manage the expectation, every young player in Australia hopes they can be the next Harry Kewell.
“Harry was a special talent, but Daniel is a young boy who has talent, over the coming years we will see if he has the commitment to go with the quality he has.”
Daniel has made a couple of impressive reserve team appearances, and now it’s just a matter of time, and on his part, patience before he breaks into Celtic’s senior squad.
Representing Australia at various junior levels, Arzani became the youngest player (19 years and 163 days) to ever make a Socceroo World Cup appearance at this years Russia World Cup, coming on as a substitute in all three group games – France, Denmark, and Peru.
The youngster is still in his professional footballing infancy, and we at VMC will continue to monitor his development.