Fulham are tracking West Ham youngster George Moncur reports The Daily Star today. The 18 year old midfielder has been on loan at AFC Wimbledon since January.
The promising player, son of former Tottenham, Swindon and West Ham player John Moncur, has come up through the academy at West Ham and has gone on to win caps for England at Under 18 and Under 19 levels. He has yet to make an appearance for West Ham at senior level but since joining AFC Wimbledon on loan he has made 17 appearances for the League 2 side and scored one goal.
West Ham have a reputation for developing good young players at their academy and a few have gone on to be very successful at the highest levels such as Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.
Whether Moncur is going to develop into a Premiership quality player or even better it is impossible to say. Some players continue to develop day by day while some hit their full potential and are unable to develop further. Unfortunately football is a risk. Nothing is guaranteed.
Financially the risk must be much smaller to sign a unproven young player that can be developed into a role specific for the club requirements, than to spend countless millions of pounds on a player from a foreign league who could also fail to acclimatise to the Premiership style of football.
The fact that Fulham are looking to up and coming youngsters may become much more prevalent with the UEFA financial fair play rules coming into force over the next three years. With clubs having to make a profit year on year, less money will be available for big money transfers and thus clubs will have to concentrate more on developing their own talent. This can only be good for homegrown talent and ultimately the national team.