Crystal Palace youngster Zion Atta is set to stay at Crystal Palace despite the interest of some of England’s biggest clubs, reports suggest.
TEAMtalk revealed that Atta is more than happy with how things are going at Palace, therefore is not interested to leave the club for elsewhere, at this stage anyway.
Atta, still just 14, joined the club from local rivals Millwall last season but is apparently making big strides at Palace.
Clubs interested are allegedly Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool. Also, with the player too young to sign a professional deal, they are unable to block the player from leaving – even if they do snap up a small amount of compensation.
This is undoubtedly good news for Palace to keep one of their brightest prospects at the club.
Hopefully for the Eagles, Atta will have seen how youth players such as Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were given opportunities and will want to follow in their footsteps.
The previous report says that the 14-year-old is ‘expected’ to make an appearance for the Under-18s this season, despite only being just 14 – so it seems the Eagles have a real player on their hands now.
Considering Palace spent roughly £60k on the then 13-year-old midfielder in January this year (London News Online), perhaps Atta feels like he hasn’t had enough time at Palace to decide whether or not he would want to move on so soon after they brought him to the club.
Despite Palace having a good general history for bringing through players, in all honesty, recent years have suggested it might not be the best place to play as an inspiring youngster.
Since being in the Premier League, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has acted as an anomaly to players being brought through the academy. In fact, since Palace were promoted to the Premier League, the only academy player to make a full Premier League debut for the club is Wan-Bissaka (per Independent) – a huge difference to just a few years before in the Championship where players such as Victor Moses, Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne were all brought through.
Bearing the previous in mind, it may have not been Palace’s amazing academy system that has kept the player at the club, but more the fact how recently they invested in him and the fact he is in no rush to join such a huge club when he is just 14.
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