Isaac Buckley-Rickets

Discussion in 'EDS and Academy Forum' started by FantasyIreland, 1 Oct 2014.

  1. FantasyIreland


    29 Oct 2008
    Enjoying my brew
    Growing up just a few miles from City’s Platt Lane Academy, Isaac Buckley hasn’t looked back since first entering its doors at the age of 13.

    A striker possessing blistering pace and a composed finish, the 16-year-old was rewarded for a fantastic season last year with his u18s debut before leaving school.

    Now, the Mancunian youngster has signed a two-year scholarship with the club and is relishing the chance to prove his worth in a large and competitive u18 squad under the guidance of his new coach, Jason Wilcox.

    After an eye-catching pre-season, Isaac has made good on his promise and started every single league game so far.

    “It’s a big squad this year, but it’s exciting because it’s a big challenge to show I’m good enough to be starting and get into the XI regularly,” Isaac declared. “There are a lot of good players in my position but it would be great to force my way into the u19 UEFA Youth League squad as well.”

    No stranger to impressing when it counts against players older and more physically mature than himself, Isaac seized his opportunity when offered the chance of a head start in u18s football last May.

    While some may have been intimidated by the task of replacing top scorer Thierry Ambrose up front, the striker caught the eye as part of a line-up containing the likes of Kean Bryan, Angelino and Jack Byrne who have since gone on to make their mark in the EDS.

    Buckley remembered: “I was still playing for the u16s so when I heard I was going to play for Jason’s team I was so nervous. It felt like I was starting again and I was back on trial. But when I got on to the pitch all those feelings disappeared and I was just able to play my football as normal.

    “I got good feedback from Jason. He just told me to focus and to carry on doing what I’m doing.”

    He added: “When you play against people your own age, you’re used to playing against people of similar size, but when you play up an age group it’s a bigger challenge because people will try and shrug you off the ball.

    “It really tests you and helps you improve faster.”

    While that game may have been one of his biggest achievements in the Academy so far, the honour of his favourite ever game Isaac reserves for his very first in City colours – and his favourite ever goal even comes from the same match.

    Thrust into the action after 45 minutes, the local boy’s talent in front of goal refused to go unnoticed even from a defensive position.

    “In my first game for City they played me at right back,” he told “From right back I then went to the wing and eventually they started playing me at centre forward. I doubt I could do a job at right back now though!

    “My debut was probably my favourite game for City so far. It was against Sunderland and I came on at half time. I bombed forward because I was quick and then scored my first goal for the club. The nerves just evaporated as soon as that goal went in – I think it’s my favourite of all the goals I’ve scored.”

    Slight in stature, the youngster is deceptively strong and uses his technique and quick feet to get around defenders, while he can also hold his own in a wide role when necessary.

    But the craft and guile honed in three years in an Academy that thrives on playing the same system through the age groups, added to the valuable experience gained all over the pitch gives Isaac the edge at a time when the role of the striker is constantly evolving – and size really doesn’t matter.

    “It used to be that a striker would just hold off players and chest it down, so people would look for big, strong players but now the game is changing and you need to be more technical,” said Buckley.

    “Now we have a different system and the striker starts our pressing from the front so you have to do a lot more work now than perhaps strikers used to. Size doesn’t matter - if you’re good enough, the physical aspects aren’t important.”

    A popular member of the squad who is quick with a joke and has a natural gift for making people laugh, his footballing role models are all big names and big characters.

    But the City starlet is quick to emphasise it’s the moves on the field he admires, and the trio demonstrate what the youngster already knows to be true – hard work makes the difference.

    “I don’t think there are players I would describe myself as similar to, but the players I aspire to be like are Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he’s an amazing striker. Mario Balotelli too, although we’re quite different off the pitch!” Isaac laughed.

    “I also admire Ronaldo, because he started off as quite a slim guy and no one really noticed him, but he worked so hard and now he’s one of the best in the world. It shows how much hard work can pay off.”
  2. cleavers


    30 May 2007
    Home or work
    Nicely taken goal tonight, I thought he looked pretty good.
  3. domalino


    27 Mar 2011
    Anyone else really like this kid?

    Every time I see him he impresses me, thought he was good on Wednesday evening . Seem to remember him being the stand out City player vs. Real Madrid in the youth League this year, and doing OK as a striker in the u21's derby?

    Pacey, direct, scores, put in some very nice crosses vs. Chelsea, but I don't hear too much about him being a future first team player.
    Last edited: 29 Apr 2016
  4. moomba


    26 Jan 2006
    Was Nemane that scored in the first leg I think.

    But I was impressed with Buckley when he came on, and he was very good on Wednesday.
  5. domalino


    27 Mar 2011
    Yeah it was, I don't know why I wrote that because I actually looked it up just before to check if it was Nemane or Buckley.
  6. Eslam elcity

    Eslam elcity

    10 Oct 2015
    all the academy wingers from U21 to U16 are very average talents except sancho
    the academy strongly needs super talents in wings
  7. Nelly's Left Foot

    Nelly's Left Foot

    3 Mar 2009
    all very average apart from Sancho....Ok I guess that means Brahim should not be counted as a winger!

    Granted Sancho has special talent but to effectively discount Isaac like that is a bit OTT I would say.
  8. twosips


    29 Apr 2008
    I really like him. Scores goals, finishes well, beats his man a lot. He was rusty v Chelsea, but he has been injured for ages so it's hardly his fault.

    The idea that he's average is nonsense. If anything, the reason we've reached the final and also currently sit top of the u18s league is hugely down to the likes of him. He's got about 17 goals in 22 games, as a winger, which is fucking great. He may not make it at City, not many probably will given the nature of the game and the demands, but he's definitely far, far from average. Really likeable little player who's deadly given half a yard. Anyway who watches him week in week out will know that.
    Last edited: 29 Apr 2016
  9. Clercqs


    29 Oct 2015
    Impressed on me a lot vs Chelsea.
  10. MCFC1993


    5 Dec 2008
    Our best player in that 2nd leg of the Youth Cup Final. I've never seen that Jay Dasilva have a bad game but I thought Isaac took him to the cleaners in that match.

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