One of Sheffield Wednesday’s new first-year scholars is a former Manchester City defender once said to have been a target for Bundesliga clubs.

City had Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Rabbi Matondo (Schalke 04) and Pablo Maffeo (VFB Stuttgart) lured from their academy to the German top-flight.

And, in January 2019, The Independent reported that Leojo Davidson was another player ‘generating serious interest’ from around the division.

What has happened since then remains to be seen, but the fact is that Davidson is now a Wednesday player, as confirmed by the Owls earlier today (Wednesday).

According to Transfermarkt, the centre-back is an England youth international who is due to turn 16 later this year.

Wednesday are thought to have strong connections with Manchester City, where their former coach Ben Wilkinson now works, and recruited midfielder Fisayo Dele-Bashiru from the Premier League side earlier this summer.

Manchester City U19 v Shakhtar Donetsk U19: Group C - UEFA Youth League

Dele-Bashiru in action for City’s development team. (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Signed up for the Owls’ Under-18s alongside Davidson are Filimon Asfha (who previously spent time at West Bromwich Albion and Derby County) and Fuad Sesay (Southampton), as well as Caelen Kilheeney, Jenson Whitham, Danny Wassell and Josh Ashman.

Each player’s scholarship contract will last for two years, by which point Wednesday will decide whether to offer professional forms.

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