Aston Villa are interested in a move for Everton starlet Thierry Small, amid ambiguity surrounding his future on Merseyside [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: Everton get ready for the 2021/22 season
Moving into 2021/22, many Toffees fans will be intrigued to see how Rafael Benitez cultivates a side capable of challenging for continental football this term.
Signing some new stars will of course be essential, but retaining young players who can make an impact in the long-term will be of equal precedence to the Spaniard.
Could the Toffees be set to lose one of their brightest talents following recent reports?
Would losing Small be a blow for Everton?
The Latest: Aston Villa enter race for teenage prodigy Small
Aston Villa are said to have joined the race for 16-year-old sensation Small, according to a Football Insider recruitment source.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have all been noted as monitoring his situation in the last few weeks.
Interestingly, Villa may have an advantage in the chase for the youngster, owing to the fact he originates from the Midlands as well as his uncle Bryan Small being a former player at the club.
The Verdict: Losing Small would be a bitterly disappointing for Everton
Losing the prodigy would no doubt be a major blow to the Finch Farm hierarchy.
In 2020/21, the Solihull-born man made 30 appearances combined for the senior side, Everton Under-23’s, and Everton Under-18’s, registering seven goal contributions; six goals and one assist [Transfermarkt].
His only first-team appearance came in a 3-0 January win against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, as he replaced Jose Baxter as the youngest player to ever play for the club [BBC].
Once labelled as ‘quality’ by now Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, the Blues should be looking to tie Small down imminently if at all possible [Football London].
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