Who is Brandon Barker? The next big talent out of Man City’s academy?
Hull City are keeping Manchester City midfielder Brandon Barker on the radar for a possible transfer switch to the KCOM Stadium. The England U-20 international played for Hibernian on loan from the Premier League champions and is not expected to be a big part in the first-team at the Etihad.
Hull probably need a dynamic attacking midfielder to perform better next season in the Championship. Manager Nigel Adkins will need to address his team’s issues in order to have any chance of a shot at promotion next season and the addition of Barker might help him a lot.
Here’s everything you need to know about the player, including his playing style, attributes and a lot more:
Player Analysis – Brandon Barker
Age – 21
Main Position – Attacking Midfielder
Barker is a very direct player who doesn’t shy away from driving forward with the ball and taking defenders on. He predominantly plays on the left flank in a 4-3-3 or a more usual 4-2-3-1 formation. From that position, he can cut inside to create space for a full-back on the outside.
The 21-year-old’s breezy blend of skills and pace with the ball is something very dangerous for the defenders. As an opponent, you are in control one moment and you are chasing shadows against this player the very next.
He can cleverly combine with the full-back, who runs outside to stretch the game up. This makes up for a fearsome duo down that left-hand side. Under the tutelage of several managers in the academy system, Barker was one of the most impressive players every time he stepped onto the pitch.
The 21-year-old has problems with work-rate and making right decisions on the pitch. But that can be caught up by playing more games at the highest level and learning the trades with each passing minute.
No wonder Hull City are interested in this player and would love to get him this summer. Barker not only has the attributes and the skill set to thrive in the Championship but also the elite mentality, having worked with the best at Manchester City, which will help the Tigers.
For the 21-year-old too, it will be an opportunity to play regular games in the toughest league of its own and shine to earn a first-team spot at a big club in the upcoming years.