Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Big Brother' Pogba Is My Inspiration

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Big Brother' Pogba Is My Inspiration

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WHEN City decided to soft-launch their Tunnel Club at the beginning of last season, they can't have expected Paul Pogba to turn up.

Yet as the club's EDS team kicked off against Chelsea, the world's most expensive midfielder was among the hundreds of spectators to witness the 0-0 draw - not on a scouting mission for Jose Mourinho or as an offering from Mino Raiola but to see 16-year-old Taylor Richards in action.

Richards, an attacking midfielder that joined the Blues in 2015 from Fulham, met the Old Trafford star when he was at Juventus through his agent and has been getting regular advice ever since, be it over text or across the dinner table.

"Paul's like my big brother up here, he always helps me," said Richards.

"He gives me advice on what to do and if I have a rubbish game then he tells me. He tells me if I need to run more, but that's just Paul.

"I feel like when I'm with him he gives me inspiration to go to the top and to be the best player I can be because I don't want to leave anything behind. I just want to be at the top and he shows its there for you if you want to get it."

There was a glimpse of the £89m mercurial quality in Richards' performance against Shakhtar in the UEFA Youth League game last week.

With City trailing in a game they desperately needed to win, the midfielder jogged nonchalantly to retrieve a loose ball 30 yards out, took a touch as he turned and rifled the ball into the top corner.

Thankfully for City, there was less of the Frenchman's influence minutes later when Richards didn't need 22 steps to convert a penalty and put the young Blues into the lead they would not let slip. Having teased his mentor after that miss against Everton, the teenager knew what would be coming his way if he hadn't scored.

Richards is just happy to be on the pitch scoring goals. …

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