Jordy Hiwula: Will Manchester City keep or waste their own Harry Kane like Sturridge?

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Manchester City have a talented striker in their ranks in Jordy Hiwula, who could benefit from a first team run like Tottenham gave Harry Kane - The question remains whether they will use him or let him leave like they did with current Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.

One of England's most talented striking prospects is at a crossroads in his career this summer, and needs Manchester City to carefully consider his next step.

Jordy Hiwula is as bright a prospect as any forward in his age group, and the 20-year-old needs competitive first team football if he is to shine at the top level.

He is coming off the back of an impressive loan spell at League One side Walsall, where he struck nine times in 19 appearances at the end of last season.

With much heralded Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom struggling to make an impact in the Football League during various loan spells - yet to score a single goal despite prolific under-21 and international records - his progress is worth commending.

Hiwula is a Manchester born lad, who began his footballing career at Manchester United before making the switch to City.

Having bounced back from a serious knee injury two years ago, he is back at full speed, and waiting upon his next move.

City are seen as desperate for both young English talent to bolster their squad, and for their academy to make a mark after considerable investment in facilities. Hiwula ticks both boxes, and could be the striker they have been waiting for.

His record of 18 goals in 36 under-21 appearances stands up well, and City need to make a decision on his future.

Making the step up into a title challenging side is not as easy as say Danny Ings had it at Burnley last season, but top four challengers Tottenham showed last season what can be achieved by giving young players a chance - with Harry Kane scoring 30 goals in all competitions and establishing himself as a senior international.

Hiwula may be a step behind that point at present, but it is conceivable to consider Premier League sides wanting to take him on loan as well as Championship interest and Walsall's clear desire to bring him back to the club.

Decisions must be made with his best interests ready. Keeping him at City for League Cup chances alone is no use, and Walsall is a better option than Premier League or Championship sides if it means guaranteed starts.

Benik Afobe and Patrick Bamford are among the young strikers to dazzle in League One in recent seasons, and are now reaping the rewards.

City's last breakthrough English striker was Daniel Sturridge, who they sold to Chelsea for just £7 million, and at Liverpool prior to his injury hit 2014/15 - he was regarded as being worth four times that amount.

Manuel Pellegrini has only shown a token nod to youth so far during his spell as manager, but over the next two seasons his and their development of Hiwula could be crucial not just for them but also for the England national side if he lives up to his true potential. 

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