The non-league ace and cousin of David Alaba reportedly interesting Sheffield United
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The non-league ace and cousin of David Alaba reportedly interesting Sheffield United

Sheffield United are keeping tabs on Ronald Sobowale – according to talkSPORT – who is the cousin of David Alaba.

Sobowale currently plays in non-league for Whyteleafe, for whom the striker has scored 23 goals in 25 matches this season.

The Isthmian League South East side are in the eighth tier of English football. But that has not stopped clubs from higher up the pyramid taking note of Sobowale.

Burnley are also interested from the Premier League, while a host of Championship sides are also tracking the 22-year-old.

Sobowale is currently on trial at Middlesbrough and it’s believed they are keen on signing the forward on a permanent basis.


Who is Ronald Sobowale – cousin of David Alaba?

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The link between Sobowale and Bayern Munich star Alaba is through their fathers, who are brothers. It is also from them that the cousins share their Nigerian heritage.

Yet while Alaba is from Austria and became the youngest player to make his senior debut for the country aged 18, Sobowale grew up in London.

The attacker was picked up by the Chelsea academy and played in the same age group as Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke. However, unlike that duo – who have gone on to be Premier League players – Sobowale was released at the age of 15.

He has since dropped into non-league to make a name for himself, also playing for Moseley and Walton Casuals before joining Whyteleafe.

But interest from higher up has remained. Goal reports that Sobowale previously had trials at Barnsley, Brentford and Cardiff City.

He scored the only goal for Cardiff in a game against Vancouver Whitecaps. Sobowale was also on target twice playing for AG Football Academy in a match with a Brentford B team.

More recently he has been linked with Leicester City and Watford by the Daily Mail. Fulham, Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion have also kept a close eye on him.

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