One of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ have scouted Britain’s tallest outfield professional player, per a report.
A number of giants have graced the top flight over the years, such as Lacina Traore, Costel Pantilimon and of course, Peter Crouch. Standing at 6ft 6in, the tallest players in the league currently are Brighton’s Dan Burn and Everton shot-stopper Asmir Begovic.
But that could be about to change, as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have begun scouting a 6ft 9in striker.
According to The Athletic, Man City are interested in Solihull Moors’ Kyle Hudlin, who notched nine goals in 35 National League games last term.
They started to monitor him via video clips before sending a scout to watch him in a friendly versus Notts County at the weekend.
Hudlin featured in the 2-2 draw but could not get himself on the scoresheet.
The 21-year-old has had a rapid rise following a move from 11th-tier Solihull United last year.
Teams up and down the country are keeping an eye on him, although it’s not yet known whether any other Prem sides are interested.
The report states that Man City are aiming to increase the amount of homegrown players in their ranks.
They are keen to bring Hudlin to Manchester before sending him out on loan to gain more experience.
Although the Prem champions have a reputation for spending big, as the £100m transfer of Jack Grealish shows, they do have a brilliant academy.
Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and current first-teamer Phil Foden have all developed there.
Club chiefs believe the emergence of Foden will improve the belief among young players that they can make it at the Etihad.
The next young star who looks destined to follow in Foden’s footsteps is Liam Delap.
The 18-year-old, son of former Stoke man Rory Delap, scored an impressive 24 goals in 22 appearances last season.
He is still with City’s U23 outfit but could be given an opportunity to impress Guardiola in cup competitions this season.
Neville weighs in on Harry Kane to Man City
City were beaten by Tottenham in their opening game of the season, with Heung-Min Son scoring the only goal.
Spurs were without talisman Harry Kane, who continues to be linked with a City move.
Speaking after the match, pundit Gary Neville said: “Harry Kane would be here today I feel if there was no doubt over his future. I took it that he’s gone.
“I just felt him not being visible in the stadium; the most prominent Tottenham player, first game of the season not being visible in this stadium? We have a lot of cameras around and I suspect we were looking for him everywhere. To not see him here today was a surprise.”
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