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Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira has been overseeing the development of a top teenager who scored in Manchester City's recent U19 defeat…

Manchester City's overall quality in the UEFA Youth League was punctuated by a 6-0 annihilation of Bayern Munich early on in the season and, despite battling valiantly versus Benfica on Tuesday evening, coach Patrick Vieira was unable to secure his Under-19 side a passage into the semifinals of the inaugural youth competition.

Fofana, who has a habit of scoring highlight-reel worldies, was at it again at Hyde, yesterday, as he banged in a golazo after just 12 minutes, taking City to an aggregate 2-0 lead thanks to a 1-0 victory via Devante Cole recently.

However, Benfica rallied in the second half and scored twice, consigning City to a quarter-final exit.

Fofana is an exciting box-to-box midfielder and models himself on rampaging senior player Yaya Toure. The superkid did his best impression of the Ivorian against Benfica as he drove the centre of midfield, with opponents around him, before unleashing a powerful strike into the corner of the goal.

A French 18-year-old of Mali descent, Fofana has now scored twice in the touirnament, from 569 minutes, while also scoring three and assisting five from 14 U21 Premier League outings - an attacking efficiency of a goal or an assist once every 164 minutes, despite being deployed in the middle of the field.

Lauded as a precocious talent in his homeland, Fofana has featured for France at every level from U16 to U19, is noted for his long-range efforts, dynamism, strength and power.

He joined City from FC Lorient last year. Thus far, it looks like an exceptional recruitment… check out this cheeky effort from earlier in the season.

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