By Rhonda Richards | In General
Former Arsenal and England legend Martin Keown believes Micah can go on to establish himself as one of the best defenders in the country, as long as he continues his development.
Keown made 43 appearances for the Three Lions during a career that also saw him turn out for Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Reading, but it was for The Gunners’ acclaimed back-four that he truly made a name for himself, among other achievements helping the side to the double in 1998 and 2002.
The 42-year old and Micah were at St Paul’s C of E Primary School in Withington for the launch of the Communicating For Success scheme, a £1 million nationwide operation that is fronted by BT and the Football Foundation, with the aim of ensuring children remain active and eat healthily while they gain computer skills.
On the Manchester City youngster, Keown, who now works as a television pundit as well as a part-time scout for Arsenal, said:
“Micah’s an interesting player. In the last 20 years, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone as powerful, as quick and as strong as he is.”
Micah with youngsters at St. Paul's Primary
“What he needs to learn is where to be on the pitch. You get the feeling that sometimes he’s correcting mistakes he’s made. He’s out of position but he has such great powers of recovery that he sorts the situation out.”
“You gain that experience with time. Once he gets there, then I think you’ll see an outstanding player.”
“In fact, if you could add that knowledge to his athletic prowess, you could have one the best central defenders we’ve ever seen.”
“But there’s a lot of learning to do. He’s got to get back into the England squad first.”
City will be rolling the Communicating For Success programme out across Greater Manchester using their City in the Community initiative, and Micah hopes that many more youngsters can follow their dream of forging a career in sport, whilst also equipping themselves with vital skills in other fields.
“I really enjoyed visiting St Paul’s Primary School, and it’s great to see so many children interested in sport, but also interested in learning how to operate computers properly,” Micah said.
“I want to help inspire youngsters as much as i can, and this is something I will be looking to do through initiatives with City, as well as my own projects.”