Earlier this week, a clip went viral on social media, featuring an England Under-16 player showing outstanding skills.
After the clip was posted on Twitter and Facebook, we received a number of requests asking what the name of this player is.
After all, England international players don’t usually display this kind of ability!
😁 V Japan u16 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/vMIn9yblbN
— Ian Carlo (@IancarloP) October 30, 2015
The England U15 player with amazing skills is Brentford’s Ian Carlo Poveda, on loan from Barcelona and all signs point to us hearing a lot about this youngster in the coming years.
Poveda, also known as Giancarlo rather than Ian Carlo, in Spanish speaking circles and media, has already had a very intriguing career.
The left-winger started his career at Puerto Malagueno in Malaga and then joined the Arsenal academy when Barcelona came calling at the age of 12.
Half Colombian, Poveda made an impression at Barcelona (see him in action for the Catalan giants here) but got caught up in their scandal involving the signing of under-age players.
As a result, Poveda moved to Brentford on loan and is expected to return to Barcelona at 16.
As you would expect, Poveda has been excelling at Brentford and looks like a serious prospect.
Poveda’s outstanding skill came in the game against Japan in the Tournoi International in France. The Brentford youngster also scored in a 4-3 defeat.
England fans will be keeping a keen eye on Proveda both for the Three Lions and Brentford.
Judging by his social media profiles, Proveda can also play for Colombia so there could well be a dual nationality conflict on the horizon.
And, it will be intriguing to see how Proveda fares when/if he returns to Barcelona’s La Masia youth programme.
See another Ian Carlo Proveda clip from Brentford below. This kid has serious skills!
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) September 24, 2015
Barcelona youth winger Giancarlo Poveda (14) has joined Brentford on loan. The Anglo-Colombian player will return when he turns 16. [sport]
— barcastuff (@barcastuff) October 11, 2014