Club: Manchester City
Date of Birth: November 30th 1989
Place of Birth: Bratislava, Slovakia
A year ago, twinkle-toed Slovakian winger Vladimir Weiss was the brightest light in Manchester City’s ever-productive Academy. Starring in their FA Youth Cup winning team, Jim Cassell’s top prodigy was all set to break into the first team squad at Eastlands. Unfortunately for Vladimir, nobody saw the Emirati takeover of the Citizens and the dawn of an era where the club can pay anything for anyone – including £32m for Robinho, who plays in his position.
The son of Slovakia’s national team manager, Vladimir Sr, he settled into England comfortably, hitting the ground running with his pace, trickery, and exceptional dribbling. A regular scorer and provider, he also settled into the academy on a social level, becoming somewhat of a popular figure in the dressing room. He led the team to the FA Youth Cup Final, scoring a beautiful free-kick in the Final.
With City’s new-found wealth, it’ll be harder than ever for him to break through. But, if he doesn’t manage it at the City of Manchester Stadium, rest assured there will be other clubs willing to jump at the chance to sign a player some at the club have described as their ‘Ronaldo’.
In taking the next step from the Youth Team, Weiss has been a standout for the Reserves at Man City this year. He’s still been a part of their academy team, which went on a seven-month unbeaten run, and has been an unused substitute for Mark Hughes at senior level. The place on the bench is rather important, as despite injuries and available monies, the Welshman has still shown he will give youngsters a chance where necessary and deserved. As long as Hughes remains in charge, Weiss’ chances of a breakthrough are stronger.