'Extremely talented': Some Liverpool fans buzzing as box-to-box starlet commits future to Anfield
A number of Liverpool fans have congratulated Isaac Mabaya after he signed his first professional contract at Anfield.
The 17-year-old is a talented and versatile player who joined the Reds academy at the age of six.
Mabaya broke into the Liverpool Under-18s team last season as a 16-year-old, and was initially deployed as a wide midfielder.
The Preston-born ace was switched to full-back mid-season, and he has played at right-back for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s U18s this term.
Mabaya has made two appearances at age level this season, playing against Derby and Leeds in the U18 Premier League.
He has made 21 appearances overall for the Reds, and last season, he registered an impressive four goals and five assists from 17 U18 Premier League games.
The teenager has also featured for England at U15 and U16 levels.
Despite his switch to full-back, a number of Liverpool fans reckon Mabaya’s best position is as a box-to-box midfielder:
Future first teamer— 9 (@F9Txrres) September 29, 2021
Great prospect is Isaac— JFT97 (@RedAlert1963) September 29, 2021
Big quick & powerful
Prefer him as a MF but also very good at RB…
Congratulations Isaac. So pleased for you mate. Those training sessions you did with us must have made all the difference 👍— Jonathan Nelson (@FulwoodAmsU18s) September 29, 2021
His future is in midfield for me, box to box— 9 (@F9Txrres) September 29, 2021
📍Congratulations to Isaac Mabaya, the latest Liverpool player to sign his first professional contract with the club.— Lewis Bower (@LewisBower2021) September 29, 2021
Extremely talented midfielder and a player to keep an eye on for me. Box-to-box midfielder, quick speed of thought, eats up ground quick, good passing range.
He just looks natural there (in mf), his energy, pace and goal scoring ability is what you want in a b2b. Hopefully just waiting for Davidson to be ready and he’ll return to midfield when Balagizi makes the jump?— 9 (@F9Txrres) September 29, 2021
Well done Isaac 👏👏👏👏 a quality natural gifted talent ⚽️— Mark Whalley (@whalley_mark) September 29, 2021
Amazing news for Isaac and his family – he has quality in his football and also a great personality. Well deserved for all the hard work you put in Isaac. This is the start of a lot more hard work, but you will smash it. BTW. Keep following @FAU18s 👍💪👏👏👏⚽️⚽️⚽️— Pete (@slingerpete1) September 29, 2021
Already better than ronaldo— . (@PrajwalLFC) September 29, 2021
Excellent news, I've watched him twice recently at the academy and he's got a real presence.— ♿Rachel Ellis♿ (@RleEllis) September 29, 2021
The Liverpool U18s are next in action on Saturday afternoon as they host Sunderland’s U18s on Merseyside.