Local boy Brandon Barker has been one of Manchester City’s most hyped youngsters in recent years, but of late several others appear to have overtaken him in the pecking order. With the arrival of several wingers who like to attack the byline, namely Nolito, Leroy Sané and Marlos Moreno, the 19-year-old is going to have to work extra hard and develop further to have a chance at the Etihad.
Following an uneventful loan spell at Rotherham last season, Barker is now heading overseas to continue his development. City Football Group partner club, NAC Breda, who play in the Dutch second tier, have already taken Ashley Smith-Brown, David Faupala and Thomas Agyepong on loan, and have this afternoon announced the acquisition of Barker on a season-long loan deal.
— NAC Breda (@NACnl) August 15, 2016
Barker will join training tomorrow and is eligible to feature in NAC’s game against MVV on Friday.
NEC chief Hans Smulder said of the deal, “Brandon is a player, who despite his young age, has spent quite a few years in City’s EDS and has been around the first team. To take the next step, however, he needs game time to develop as a footballer and a man. He’ll get that chance at NAC. Since we were looking for a winger, this is a win-win situation, and he will immediately improve us.”