Dan Thompson speaks to one of Swansea and Wales’ upcoming stars, Kyle Copp.
At the age of 8 Kyle Copp signed for Swansea City. Now 16, the Welsh forward is one of the most promising young player’s in Wales. Everyone in Swansea knows Copp’s name and the potential that Copp has is incredible.
In an interview with World soccer talk Kyle had this to say. “I’ve always been an attacking player even as a young boy, I just wanted to score goals. I am not the best defender in the world, so I always try my best to score goals for my team.” One of Kyle’s most memorable goals was for Wales: a free kick against France, which was his first goal for the U18s when he was just fourteen years old.
Kyle Copp is a intelligent and inventive footballer, who predominantly plays in the number 10 role and loves to drop in pockets of space between the midfield and defence to create goal scoring chances for him and his team mates. Copp also has a good range of passing and can spread the play to create space for himself. Copp has been capped for Wales at U16s and U17s and scored goals at both levels, Kyle also made his debut for Swansea City U21s this season on the 19th August 2013 where they lost 1-2 to Brighton at home.
“As a youngster I always looked up to Wayne Rooney and, obviously through Swansea, Lee Trundle.” Kyle used to go and watch his boyhood hero Trundle down Swansea’s old ground, the Vetch, where he, along with many others, admired Trundle’s goalscoring ability and his neat tricks and flicks around the penalty box. Copp’s admiration for Wayne Rooney comes from their similar technique in playing style, good work-ethic and the love of scoring goals.
Copp has always dreamt of signing a professional contact and in my opinion this dream will come a reality soon. Kyle already has that professional manner in him; he has had to give up spending time with his mates to train for Swansea during hours and after hours, Kyle also looks after his body well and trains in the gym regularly, he also spends a lot of time practising on his finishing, free kicks and penalties which he has provided a bit of speciality during games.
Since Swansea has built their new training ground, Kyle sees a lot of the first team and has a good relationship with Swansea and Wales Captain Ashley Williams and local boy Jazz Richards. “I speak to Jazz and Ash regularly and there always giving me advice on how to become a better footballer and more importantly a better person.”
Kyle loves the interaction with the first team and he loves watching their day to day routines on the field and off it. Kyle is a very confident 16 year old, who has impressed his coaches no matter what level.
I believe Kyle Copp will develop into a great striker; he is a very confident 16 year old who has achieved so much for such a young lad. Kyle is also very close mates with Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand through www.neweraglobalsports.com, a group who look to give their clients advice and professional that will hopefully help them achieve their full potential. The site’s clients include Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, Swansea City and Welsh captain Ashley Williams and Welsh and Crystal Palace youngster Jonathan Williams.
Keep a close eye out for young Kyle Copp who could be a big star for Swansea in the future.
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