New arrival at Burnley of England, Henri Ogunby says he is already cherishing the move that took him to The Clarets from Manchester City, as he believes he will now have enough playing time to truly show his mettle in the remaining part of this season, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although many of his fans would argue that leaving Man City to Burnley is a step backward, considering the varying profiles of both teams, Ogunby insisted he was happy to sign a short-term contract that will keep him at his new base until the end of this season.
Ogunby got the deal after he featured for Burnley’s under-23 team against Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United in the Professional Development League earlier this month, while he was on a trial, and the Nigerian-born winger, who turned 19 on Tuesday, admitted he now has a tougher task ahead of him.
The youngster, who was born in Bolton area of Manchester, has also gained experience from playing on a regular basis for The Citizens’ under-18s and under-23 teams, while also training several times with the main squad at Eithad Stadium.
Having had his debut with Man City’s youth team at just 15-years old, Ogunby was seen as a huge projection for the English Premier League club’s future, until he decided sign a short-term contract at Turf Moor until the end of the season.
Dramatically, Ogunby, who becomes the second lad to leave Etihad Stadium this month, after fellow-youngster Ian Carlo Poveda moved to Leeds United, started in the EFL Trophy defeat by Burnley against his home town club, Bolton Wanderers in October.
The youngster, who will start out with Burnley’s under-23 squad, where he hopes to make waves two years after he signed his first major deal with City, and could again face The Trotters’ youth side on Monday, February 3 at Leyland County Ground.
Ogunby made 27 appearances in the U18 English Premier League last season, with nine goals and nine assists, which further propelled a productive image for the mulatto lad, whose style is said to be like no other, which led to him getting spotted by Man City’s scouts.
He declared back then: “The way I play is my own style as I haven’t really seen someone play my way. I was playing two years up, so when I was at under-12’s I was playing at under-14’s level. I got spotted by City and negotiations went from there.”