Manchester City’s decision to send Abdisalam Ibrahim on loan has seen him become a wanted man.
Abdisalam Ibrahim is an extremely talented 21-year-old who is contracted to Manchester City until at least next summer. They sent him out on loan to play football in Norway with Stromsgodset where he has so far scored three goals in 11 matches.
That doesn’t tell the whole story because he’s also represented Norway at six different levels, which is amazing when you consider that he’s barely into his twenties and has his whole career ahead of him.
Each club are perfectly within their rights to start looking at Ibrahim because he’s building towards being a complete midfielder and someone who would be a quality investment for the high fee that they’d most likely have to pay for him.
He’s a solid midfield player and ticks all of the right boxes for any side that may be interested in him; good on the ball, passes well, scores goals and he’s over six feet tall which makes him physically intimidating and imposing to the opposition.
It will be difficult because City seem keen to hang onto him, despite the fact he’s made only one appearance for the club and has been sent out on loan to four different sides so far in his short career.
So how do they do that? Well it’s quite simple, they just have to listen to him and give him exactly what he asks for.
He seems quite content to be playing football in Norway at the moment and hasn’t sent out any signals of intent that he wants to leave the club at any point in the near future.
When he returns to the club at the end of the season, if he wants to go on loan again then let him do so, if he wants to play more first team football then Roberto Mancini has to find a way of at last getting him into the first team squad. A loan to one of Everton, West Brom or West Ham could be an ideal compromise.
It’s a vital year for him and the club next season because they will look at renewing his contract and if he’s not happy and hasn’t been given what he’s asked for, he could leave and join one of the club’s rivals on a free transfer next summer.
His international record with Norway suggests that there is definitely something about him, which is worth City retaining him, even if they’re not going to be able to offer him consistent first team games for the foreseeable future.
City fans, what do you make of him?
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