Bobby Duncan off the mark for Fiorentina as former Liverpool youngster nets two in U19 win over Bologna after controversial move
- Bobby Duncan scored twice in Fiorentina Under-19s’ victory over Bologna
- Duncan’s double saw him score his first goals for the Viola since joining the club
- The 18-year-old joined Fiorentina after a controversial exit from Liverpool
Bobby Duncan got off the mark for Fiorentina as he scored twice for the Under-19 side in their 6-3 win over Bologna.
Duncan made an impressive debut in a friendly against Perugia last week and then scored a header and a coolly-taken penalty on Sunday for the U19s.
The 18-year-old, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, posted a picture of himself with Fiorentina owner Rocco B. Commisso after Sunday’s game.
Bobby Duncan opened his Fiorentina account with a near post header from a corner-kick
Duncan was mobbed by his team-mates after putting the Under 19s 2-1 up against Bologna
The 18-year-old scored his second of the game with a coolly-taken penalty on 56 minutes
His tweet read: ‘Happy to score my first goals for the club today and even greater to catch up with Mr Commisso after the game. Looking forward to giving my all for the club. #forzaviola.’
Duncan joined Fiorentina in a controversial £1.8million move in August, which saw him leave Anfield after a protracted transfer saga.
Liverpool initially turned down two loan bids from the Viola for Duncan, who featured throughout pre-season and scored in their 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
The striker’s agent, Saif Rubie, then claimed the striker was being forced to stay at Anfield against his will and accused the Reds of ‘mentally bullying’ his client.
Bobby Duncan factfile
– Duncan played for Manchester City’s academy until 2018.
– Liverpool spent £200,000 to prise the highly-rated striker from City.
– Duncan scored in Liverpool’s 6-0 pre-season win over Tranmere.
– The 18-year-old joined Fiorentina in a £1.8million move in August.
– Duncan is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool firmly denied those claims before accepting a bid from Fiorentina for a player they only bought from Manchester City for £200,000 last summer.
Duncan has been handed the No 26 shirt for this season but his appearance for the Under-19 side suggests he remains some way off making his first-team bow.
The England youth international caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp last season after scoring 30 goals and making 16 assists for Liverpool’s youth sides.
He had been promoted to the club’s Under-23 side for the 2019-20 season, where he was expected to partner Rhian Brewster, before opting to join Fiorentina.