Nigerian striker, Olanrewaju Kayode, is set to complete a move from Austria Vienna to Manchester City ahead of City’s first Premier League game of the season.
Kayode finished as the top scorer in the Austrian Bundesliga last season with 17 goals from 33 appearances.
The 24-year-old is expected to sign a four-year deal with City, before being loaned out to Spanish side, Girona.
Here are 5 things to know about Kayode
1. His First Headline:
The first time Kayode made headlines was in 2008 when he played for an amateur club / academy club called “Marvelous FC” or “Marvellous FC”, based in the south-western Nigerian city of Ibadan. Kayode impressed during an amateur tournament called the “Afe Babalola Champions League Tournament” and Kayode was noticed by officials from the Nigeria Football Federation.
2. Nigeria U-17
Kayode was included in the final squad of the Nigeria U-17 national football team for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, played in Nigeria. Kayode was primarily a fringe player, starting one match and making five substitute appearances. He did not score any goals during the tournament but nevertheless made a great impression, mainly because of his working rate.
ASEC Mimosas, arguably the best and most successful club in the Ivory Coast, was one of the clubs that noticed Kayode and he was brought to Abidjan, in April / May 2010. Kayode made his league debut for ASEC against USC Bassam when he was 17-years-old. Kayode played nine matches and scored two goals for ASEC during the “Ligue 1 2010”.
4. True fighter in Attack
Kayode has been described as a “true fighter in attack” and a player with “remarkable speed and turning”. He is a lively and bustling center forward who effectively uses his physical presence. He is also described as a “skillful player with flair”. Basically, Kayode has all the qualities a top striker needs and if his talent is used wisely, Olarenwaju Kayode could very well have a great career in front of him.
Olanrewaju is a proud husband and father of three lovely boys.