Stoke City striker James Alabi joins Scunthorpe United on loan
SCUNTHORPE United have this morning completed the signing of Stoke City teenager James Alabi on a one-month youth loan.
The striker will be with the Iron until March 23 and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's visit of Hartlepool United.
Alabi, 18, has not played for the Potters' first-team, but is a regular for their Under-18 and Under-21 sides.
A big, strong front man, Scunthorpe had the opportunity to see the London-born player at first hand this week.
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Alabi played an hour of the behind-closed-doors friendly between the two clubs at the Britannia Stadium on Monday, coming on to replace Cameron Jerome during the first-half.
After that game, Iron assistant boss Russ Wilcox said United had hoped to forge links with the Premier League club to enable them to bring in players on loan.
Dave Wright, manager of the Potters' Academy, said Alabi had impressed for his club's Under-21s this term.
“An opportunity like this is potentially fantastic for James’ development,” said the former Portsmouth and Crystal Palace midfielder.
“It doesn’t surprise us, however, as he’s been doing very well and it’s nice to see him pushing on and getting an opportunity at such a high level.”