Back in 2015, a Birmingham-born centre-back was one of the hottest teenage prospects in the game.
And, two years after Villa fought off Liverpool and Bayern Munich to secure the youngster’s signature (Mail), Suliman captained England to glory at the U19 European Championships.
It looked like the world was at his feet back then but, as we enter a new decade, it seems that a player who has struggled to build on his initial promise is set to leave Bodymoor Heath, and Britain, behind.
The Mail reports that Suliman has failed to win over manager Dean Smith and, with his future lying away from Villa Park, the 21-year-old has travelled to Portugal to undergo a medical at Vitoria Guimaraes.
Suliman will be hoping to take a leaf out of Marcus Edwards’ book in a rustic, photogenic little town. Edwards, famously nicknamed Tottenham’s answer to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino, has rebuild his reputation at Vitoria, starring and scoring in the Europa League against Arsenal this season.
Mark Warburton’s side have one of the weakest defences in the Championship but it seems that they will now miss out on a chance to press ahead with a deal for a player who holds the unique distinction of being the first player of Asian heritage to captain an England international side.
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