Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on Macclesfield Town’s emerging young talent George Whiteoak, reports the Daily Mirror.
The 16 year-old centre-half is drawing attention from some of Britain’s top clubs having impressed for the League Two side at youth level and is now on the verge of making his senior debut. Town’s youth team boss, John Askey has been responsible for the development of Whiteoak and had this to say,
“He’s already attracting a lot of interest, so we’re delighted to have him here at the football club.”
Liverpool’s interest comes as no surprise. Following the appointment of Damien Comolli, the Red’s have placed an emphasis on scouting the globe for fresh young talent so they can then be nurtured through the ranks at the Melwood Academy. Liverpool’s setup has received some high praise from the football world and none coming higher from that of Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
Speaking to Catalan radio he was quoted as saying that Liverpool’s Academy is the only one who can compete with Barca’s ‘La Masia’ setup.
Spurs are another club who have invested heavily in their youth system. First-team player Kyle Walker is one of the success stories brought through the ranks at White Hart Lane and has established himself as the Lily Whites first choice right-back this season.
Tottenham’s involvement in the UEFA Cup has also seen boss, Harry Redknapp, blood many of the Academy’s future prospects giving them an opportunity to gain valuable first-team experience.
Whiteoak’s future at either academy would be well looked after should the teenage prospect decide to move on. Money eventually talks and Macclesfield will cash-in, but at this moment in time it is unclear of how much the Silkmen’s will inherit for their emerging young star.
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