Hiwula wary of Stoke test
- 28 October 2011 11:06
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City’s Under 18s leading goal-scorer Jordi Hiwula has admitted that Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash against Stoke will be a real test for the boys Blue.
Hiwula has been in majestic form so far this season, netting seven goals for the Academy.
He also scored on his full debut for the Elite Development Squad on Tuesday, helping his side to beat Stockport County 5-0 in the Manchester Senior Cup.
City currently occupy top spot in the Barclays Premier Academy League, but the Potters are only a point behind and Hiwula was quick to note that the visitors pose a difficult, physical threat to coach Adam Sadler’s side.
“I’ve played against them a few times and they are like Stoke’s first team,” Hiwula said. “They like to hit the ball long and try and get off the second balls. They don’t really pass it that much.
“It’s going to be different to when we play teams like Liverpool and Manchester United. It will be a difficult game because they’ll be big, strong and fast.
We’ll just have to keep the ball moving and try to create enough chances to win the game
Hiwula knows the Blues have made a great start to the campaign, but he tries to avoid slipping into any comfort zones, focusing on only the next match and so on.
“There are people in the changing room that look at the league on a regular basis but I don’t really do that,” he said.
“I just play and take each game as it comes. Everybody’s just working hard and trying to improve, just taking it game by game.
If we are top at the end of the season, that would be good. If not, we’ll be ready to go again next year
The 17-year-old striker has confessed that playing in the EDS was a completely different experience for him and one that he’d like to be part of again in the not-too-distant future.
“Playing for the EDS was completely different from playing on a Saturday for the Under 18s,” he continued.
“When you play on a Saturday you’re playing with people around your age group, but I was playing against people who have an incredible amount of experience when we took on Stockport. It was really different.
“My goal now is to move up into the EDS but if I don’t achieve that I will just stay at Platt Lane and keep training and working hard to progress.
“I go and watch the first team on a regular basis and I’m striding to get there one day. I’ll hopefully just take one step at a time. I want to get more games for the EDS, score more goals and take it from there.”