Burnley X-Files: Cofie at County!
20-year-old Manchester United striker and former Burnley youth player, John Cofie has joined Notts County on a one month's youth loan and now looks set to make his debut for the Magpies in their League One game against Crewe Alexandra at Meadow Lane today. The loan spell could be extended depending on his success there and he has already set his sights on Wembley hoping to help get their promotion ambitions back on track leading to the play-offs final in May.
Although born in Ghana, as a child he lived in Germany whilst his dad was on army duty out there. It was in Germany where he was spotted by Burnley and brought over to Lancashire to play for the Clarets youth team.
Originally though he was so desperate to make it as a footballer that he used to commute from Germany to Lancashire before he finally moved to England. Although he never played at a higher level for the Clarets,he was regarded as a hot prospect and many Burnley fans finished up talking about his potential.
Sadly Premier League clubs also spotted his potential with both Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly interested in the youngster. He was signed by Manchester United in July 2009 and placed in their Academy. Already an England Under 17 international, he has still to make his debut for the Red Devils but has gained valuable experience out on loan. In 2012, he was loaned to Belgian side Royal Antwerp, United's feeder club. Cofie then signed a one-year season long loan deal with League One side Sheffield United for 2012-13. However in early January 2013 it was revealed that he had returned to Old Trafford.
Talking about his new loan move to Notts County, Cofie said:
'I want to help the team go places,
'We're five points off the play-offs so hopefully we can get a promotion.
'I'm going to go out there and work my heart out, give everything and hopefully help us win games.
'I'm going to get in and around the box and hopefully a few chances will fall to me and I will be composed enough to finish them off.
'I feel ready. I'm fresh and fully fit and I want to get out and do well.'