Liverpool starlet Bobby Duncan has hit the headlines this week following explosive comments from his agent.
Saif Rubie released a statement lambasting Liverpool, claiming ‘bullies’ at the club are ‘destroying the life of a young man’.
Duncan, a talented 18-year-old striker, has been a revelation in the Kop academy but now his future at the club is in serious doubt.
It is understood he wants to leave just one year after completing his ‘dream’ move to his ‘boyhood club’.
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Who is Bobby Duncan?
Cousin to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, Duncan’s path to the fringes of top-level football has been a long one.
He was spotted as a seven-year-old playing for Mossley Hill and had spells with both Everton and the Reds, before being snapped up by Wigan Athletic.
Manchester City’s scouts then spotted him as a 10-year-old where he was emerging as natural goal scorer.
Duncan has represented England at nearly every age group and holds the honour of being the first Three Lions player at any level to score a hat-trick against Brazil.
That achievement came in an under-16 international in 2016 and in the same season as he smashed in a ridiculous 66 goals for City.
But a year later, despite being offered a lucrative deal to stay with the current Premier League champions, Duncan turned down pro terms after failing to see a viable route into their first-team.
Duncan didn’t have to wait long for offers and Liverpool came calling last summer, seeing off interest from clubs in England and abroad.
He was brought to Anfield for £200,000 and made 36 appearances for the Reds’ youth sides last term, scoring 25 goals and producing eight assists in total.
He was also included in the first-team squad for Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States this summer and scored in the 6-0 friendly defeat of Tranmere in July.
He has not been included in any first-team squads this term.
Duncan was reportedly keen to join Fiorentina this summer but Liverpool rejected their approach while offers from Serie A side La Viola and Danish outfit FC Nordsjaelland have also been snubbed.