Ian Carlo Poveda is Manchester City’s next wonderkid compared to Alexis Sanchez and arrived from Barcelona via Brentford

GIVEN the company Ian Carlo Poveda held growing up, it is no surprise big things are expected of him.

Manchester City's 18-year-old winger has been on the impressive conveyor belt at the Premier League champion's state-of-the-art Etihad campus since 2016.

Ian Carlo Poveda is Manchester City’s next wonderkid compared to Alexis Sanchez and arrived from Barcelona via BrentfordGetty Images – Getty7 Ian Carlo Poveda may be the next Man City wonderkid to emerge

Poveda, whose style is similar to that of David Silva and Bernardo Silva, began his career at Arsenal before moving to Catalonia.

He spent two years at Barcelona's famous La Masia academy and arrived at City in 2016 after a short stint at Brentford.

Poveda is a technically gifted winger whose skills have made him illusive for opposition defenders.

He qualifies to represent Colombia as his family come from South America, but Poveda has been a large part of England youth teams in recent years, currently with the U18s.

Ian Carlo Poveda is Manchester City’s next wonderkid compared to Alexis Sanchez and arrived from Barcelona via BrentfordManchester City FC – Getty7 Poveda is known to be a skillful winger with a lethal shot
Ian Carlo Poveda is Manchester City’s next wonderkid compared to Alexis Sanchez and arrived from Barcelona via BrentfordManchester City FC – Getty7 Poveda arrived at City after a short stint at Brentford
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Paul Williams, his former England U16 coach, told SunSport: "Poveda was at Brentford at the time.

"Him and Jadon Sancho were as thick as thieves throughout the camp and that was a credit to both of them.

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"That was a strong group of players. We had Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Phil Foden, Poveda, Emile Smith Rowe – all these big names."

But Poveda was closest to Borussia Dortmund's Sancho, who won his first cap for England this season, and Reiss Nelson, the Arsenal midfielder on loan at Hoffenheim.

Ian Carlo Poveda is Manchester City’s next wonderkid compared to Alexis Sanchez and arrived from Barcelona via BrentfordGetty Images – Getty7 Poveda was part of an England U16 team alongside Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho

The trio had played together in the Southwark squad for the London Youth Games, coached by Sayce-Holmes Lewis.

He told SunSport: "They are a good cluster of boys.

"They pushed each other from such a young age at an AstroTurf just off the Old Kent Road in South London.

"They always, always had a ball with them and were doing things way ahead of their age."

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Sancho and Nelson have the spotlight on them already after thriving in the German Bundesliga.

Now, it may be the turn of Poveda.

Clubs from Germany and Holland have already made contact with City about signing him.

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When England U16s played against Brazil in 2016, it was Poveda who was schooling the kids from Copacabana.

English football's new wave of players are showing their talent – and Poveda could be next to come through.

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