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City Let Youngster Slip, Kenny Super Keen To Pounce

If your answer is author of action novels, or the guitarist for mediocre indie bands then no. Well, yes, but not the Dan Smith we’re discussing today. Instead I refer to Crewe’s newest wonderkid.

Smith is just 16 but already appeared to have made the big move to Man City. City had agreed a £300,000 fee for the latest Crewe product. But there has been an unspecified problem with the midfielder’s medical that is holding up the deal, and Liverpool smell blood.

King Kenny and the American owners are known fans of buy young, buy British philosophy, and Smith fits that profile. Liverpool and City now look set to battle it out for the youngster.

I will confess to knowing very little about the player, but is it ever a good idea for a 16 year old to move to one of the Premier League’s big teams.

The temptations and rewards are obviously huge, but at just 16 I worry Smith may be another of those young English talents that disappear into the murky world of youth and reserve matches, before being released sometime in the next 5 years. Crewe team mate Nick Powell faces a similar decision as the 17 year old is himself being chased by Arsenal and Chelsea.

City will be kicking themselves if they let this youngster slip through their fingers and find Liverpool waiting. Still, with discussions already taking place, City are still in the driving seat and I expect him to end up at the Etihad.

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