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Academy one to watch: Tai Sodje

Academy one to watch: Tai Sodje
The first of a new series focusing on our Academy youngsters begins with talented Under-18s striker, Tai Sodje.

The 17-year-old has been at City since 2015 and is a skillful centre forward who marries vision, craft, guile and potent finishing power to great effect.

A prolific goal-scorer, Sodje is also a versatile striker and can also operate to impressive effect on both the right or left flanks.

The teenager made his bow for the Under-18s in February of this year, coming on as a substitute in our Under-18 Premier League Cup semi-final win away at Reading.


Tai has made a hugely impressive start to the 2020/21 season and already has five goals to his credit – including a hat-trick in our recent 3-1 win at Liverpool.

And he has already established himself as a key part of head coach Carlos Vicens’ exciting new-look squad.

Discover a bit more about Tai in his own words…

                        JUMPING FOR JOY: Tai Sodje celebrates scoring against Everton earlier this season
JUMPING FOR JOY: Tai Sodje celebrates scoring against Everton earlier this season

Where were you born?

I’m from Sheffield. I was born there and grew up in Sheffield and then Under-12s was my first season at City so then me and my family moved over to Manchester.

It’s a lot bigger and it’s a nice place to live

How would you describe your style of play?

I would say that I’m a goal scorer – but I can play across the front three. I enjoy playing all three positions and like to think I’ve a good understanding of them all.


If you were like any of the first team players who would it be?

I’d say maybe Gabriel Jesus. I try to never stop working on the pitch.

How long have you been at City?

Since Under-12 level... that was my first season at the Club.

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Have you got a closest friend at the Club?

We’re a team so we all get on really well with each other. We have known each other a long time now and look out for one another.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I’ve always wanted to be a footballer ever since I can remember from an early age.

Who would you say has helped you get to this stage the most?

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My parents. They are always motivating me and pushing me on. They’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices especially in moving to Manchester.

What would you say is you best personality trait?

I‘d say on the pitch that I’m a bit of a leader with the way that I try to work for the team. Off it, I'd like to get think I get on with people.

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Is there a best of piece that you have been given?

Probably that no matter how the game’s going or hard things may be, to always give 100 per cent. That’s come from both coaches and family members.

Who has got the best hair cut in the squad?

I would have to say me!

…and the worst?

I think I would say Josh.

The best ground you have played at?

I’ve not played at too many grounds to be fair – hopefully that is to come

Have you got a favourite shirt number?

Probably number 7, because Ronaldo wears it. He was my favourite player when I was younger

What has been your best moment on the pitch with City?

There are a quite few but scoring that hat-trick away at Liverpool earlier this season stands out. It was a big game and to do it at their ground made it even more special.

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