Who is Trey Nyoni? Things to know about Liverpool's new midfield starlet

Liverpool have completed the signing of 16-year-old prospect Trey Nyoni from Leicester.

The teenage midfielder will join the Reds' academy set-up, having posted an image of himself to Instagram holding the Liverpool home kit (sporting his name and the number eight) alongside the caption of a handshake emoji.


Nyoni is highly rated but little-known.

So, what do you need to know about Liverpool's latest academy acquisition?

International winner

Born in England, in 2007, Nyoni is also eligible to represent Zimbabwe through his parentage.

He has featured for the Three Lions at youth level – scoring and grabbing an assist on his debut for England Under-16s in a 3-2 friendly victory over Italy last year. That remains his only international goal in seven outings.

He also featured as England Under-16s won the Montiagu Tournament in France earlier this year, though he was on the bench for the final victory over Japan.

Position and style of play

Nyoni is a midfielder, who has played centrally and on the wing.

Unsurprisingly, there is little in video or writing about his talents just yet, except that is supposedly one of the hottest young prospects at his level.

He spent a decade at Leicester before joining Liverpool and, having first been called up back in December, Nyoni featured regularly for the Foxes' Under-18s last season, despite only turning 16 this June.

Fabrizio Romano also called him a "talented midfielder" for whatever that's worth (I'm sure he's watched him loads), while @TheSecretScout on Twitter (who first broke Liverpool's interest) describes him as "one of the best in his age groups".

He is said to be tall for his age and is known for his technical ability and close control.

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Transfer fee

Earlier this month it was reported by @TheSecretScout that Liverpool and Leicester had failed to agree a compensation package for Nyoni and the clubs will instead go to a tribunal to determine his worth. The final fee may ultimately never be known publicly.

What's next?

Nyoni will likely now slot straight into Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's Under-18s side for this season, with an eye on his progression.

In the post-Brexit years, the Reds have made a concerted effort to land top-level British academy talent such as Bobby Clark and Ben Doak – as well as 14-year-old defender Harvey Owen, who cost up to £800k from Wolves earlier this summer.

Should Nyoni's development continue as planned, he will likely get chances in the Under-21s and may even one day feature for the first team, following in the footsteps of academy graduates like Stefan Bajcetic and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

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