New striker Kanu is happy to swap Old Trafford for the ABAX
He’s sampled life at Manchester United and West Ham United, but Idris Kanu is happy to be at Peterborough United.
The 17 year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the country, hence a spot at the renowned Hammers Academy and the chance to play for the Old Trafford U18s for whom he scored twice on his debut.
But it’s first-team football that Kanu craves which is why he moved to Aldershot of the National League as a 16 year-old and why he has now penned a three-year contract at the ABAX Stadium after Posh agreed an undisclosed fee with the Shots.
“When you get the chance to play first-team football you take it,” Kanu stated. “And when you get the chance to join a club like Peterborough who give young players such a great platform for future success you take that as well.
“Obviously I enjoyed my time at West Ham and at Manchester United. United are the biggest club in England so it was exciting to get the chance to play for them.
“But I want to play men’s football so I’m happy to be at Peterborough where my aim is to get into the gaffer’s plans as quickly as possible.
“I loved it at Aldershot. They gave me the chance to play against more experienced men in a more physical game. That has to be good for my development.”
Kanu played 31 times for an Aldershot side that reached the National League play-offs last season, scoring three goals. Kanu is the Shots’ youngest-ever first-team player (16 years and 308 days) and Posh boss Grant McCann was one of many Football League bosses to become seduced by his potential.
McCann believes he is ready to play in the Football League now.
“I watched him last year at Aldershot and the kid has unbelievable ability,” McCann enthused. “We will try and nurture him, but we believe he is ready for the first team now.
“For such a young lad to play so many games for Aldershot speaks volumes. Credit to him as he left an academy to play league football and men’s football and there was a lot of interest in him, from Premier League clubs too, so he showed a great desire to want to sign for Posh.
“He can play in any of the front three positions. He is quick, strong and can play with both feet. He is something different. He likes to get at defenders. He is technically very good.”
Posh manager Grant McCann watches new striker Idris Kanu sign his three-year contract.