According to reports from the Sunderland Echo, former Liverpool prodigy Bobby Duncan could make a move back to England after attracting interest from League One side Sunderland.
Duncan 18, is the cousin of former Reds captain Steven Gerrard and is currently undergoing loan spell with Italian club Fiorentina with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.
However, the teenager is yet to make an appearance for the Serie A outfit after controversially forcing through a move to leave Liverpool back in the summer of 2019.
Whilst at Liverpool, Duncan’s notorious agent, Saif Rubie, released a statement claiming the Reds for ‘bullies’ [The Guardian] and that the club were ‘destroying the life of a young man’. Liverpool, however, dismissed the comments as ‘unfounded allegations’.
Duncan joined Liverpool back in 2018 from Premier League rivals Manchester City after the two parties agreed a compensation around £200,000.
After completing a move to his boyhood club, Duncan took to Instagram to showcase his delight at linking up with the team that has had such an impact on his family history.
“Waited so long for this day to finally come,” he wrote. “A club I grew up watching and supported all my life. My boyhood club, my dream!. He signed a three-year professional contract with the Reds before departing the club after just one year on Merseyside.
The former City academy graduate won the FA enjoyed a stellar inaugural season at Kirkby, Duncan’s scored 32 goals and provide 23 assists in all competitions for the club’s under-18s.
He later returned to haunt City in April’s FA Youth Cup final when his late swerving 25-yarder restored parity in front of Pep Guardiola – the young Reds went on to win the competition after emerging triumphant in a penalty shootout.
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After enjoying a miserable three months in Italy it isn’t at all surprising to see the move wasn’t exactly what Duncan initially touted it to be.
Since making the switch, the youngster is yet to feature in Serie A, playing predominately for Fiorentina’s Under-19 side clocking up eight appearances and scoring three goals.
Despite the goals flowing for Duncan at youth level last campaign, managing him proved to be a rather challenging prospect for Academy director Alex Inglethorpe and his staff.
Duncan was held in high esteem by Klopp and made several appearances for the senior side in pre-season but his self-belief forced the youngster into wanting more too early into his development.
A move back to England may be the perfect opportunity for Duncan to get his unquestionably bright future back-on-track.