City ace Weiss has world at his feet
| Submit Comments| Comments (15)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapAMBITIOUS: Vladimir WeissVladimir Weiss is chasing World Cup glory along with a bigger role at City - and he may yet get both. The 20-year-old winger is in the frame for a summer trip to South Africa after being named in Slovakia's provisional 29-man squad. And he is hoping that a strong finish to his loan spell at Bolton will make him a part of Roberto Mancini's plans come August. Weiss has started to make a name for himself over the last 12 months after graduating from City's Academy. And the fact he will qualify as a homegrown Under-21 player under new Premier League squad rules could make the talented youngster a key figure in Mancini's set-up. As explained in Thrusday's M.E.N. Sport, the new rules - which come into force next season - require Premier League clubs to name a 25-man squad by the August 31 transfer deadline. Of those 25, eight must be `homegrown', which means they need to have been trained by an English or Welsh club for three years by the age of 21. Weiss, despite being born in Slovakia, fits into this category - but is also eligible for a second squad list of young players. Clubs will be able to name this second list, consisting of Under-21 players, which has no limits - and from which youngsters can be selected at any time for competitive games. The fact that Weiss is eligible for either list will give Mancini extra flexibility as he plans his squad building for next season. And quite apart from the eligibility factor, Weiss is valuable because he is an exciting talent. While making his mark at City, he had also broken into the Slovakia side - and silenced the cynics who suggested that he was only selected because his father, also called Vladimir, was the manager. Weiss selection Weiss senior was initially reluctant to pick his son because he feared accusations of nepotism, but City's then-manager Mark Hughes told him that he had to give the youngster a go. And anyone who saw the way in which he tore United defender Jonny Evans to shreds as Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Belfast last September would be aware that Weiss junior was in on merit. "It is always going to be tough for my dad for obvious reasons," Weiss said. "Maybe I have to try that bit harder, but I'll only be selected on merit, that's a certainty." Weiss made his first appearance under Mancini in the FA Cup third-round win at Middlesbrough, before being sent out to Bolton to gain Premier League experience. It didn't quite work out in the way the winger would have hoped, as Wanderers boss Owen Coyle was reluctant to play him from the start. Weiss was frustrated by his lack of opportunities - but did his talking on the pitch. And Coyle was finally persuaded to give the winger his big chance after he turned in a superb performance as a sub to inspire Bolton to a 2-1 win at Stoke last month. Weiss started Bolton's final three games of the season - and is keen to get more Premier League football under his belt. "All I can do now is work hard and hope that I get to go to South Africa," he said. "I've played a few times for my country now, but it would be incredible to go to the World Cup at such a young age. "I love City and would like to stay there for years - and next season could be very exciting. "City will need a bigger squad if they are playing in Europe and they will also be looking for some players who've come through the Academy." Meanwhile, another City Academy graduate Greg Cunningham could win his first cap after being named in the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's friendlies against Paraguay and Algeria. Will Weiss make it at City? Have your say. | Submit Comments| Comments (15)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Type your comment here...
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