At the top of the Premier League, most clubs spend massive amounts of money to maintain their position and challenge for the Premier League.
This sometimes, however, comes at a cost, often some of the best young players in the world don’t get the game time they need. and move on to further their development. Often coming back to hurt clubs such as Jadon Sancho’s move to Borrusia Dortmund.
The latest young English talent rumoured to be attracting interest from the continent is Manchester City’s young midfielder Taylor Richards. Who has been touted as the next Kevin DeBruyne by the Man City youth coaches, and has seen him train with City’s Under 23’s since the age of 16.
Richards was the top scorer for City in the UEFA Youth League last season and, helped the Citizens Under 18’s win a Northern Premier League. It’s this raw talent that has seen Richards frequently training with Pep Guardiola’s first team squad, containing world class players such as Aguero, Sterling and Sane.
With all the interest currently buzzing around young Taylor Richards, we thought we’d take a look at the three things that will allow City to put a huge price tag on the London born player should he want to leave the club…
If the early reports are to be believed about young Richards then he has all the raw potential in the world and could go as far as he wanted to in football, the early comparisons to De Bruyne will give fans across the globe just how highly he is rated at City.
This generation of English players such as Sancho and others seems to be the best crop for many years, and this has seen clubs from across Europe take notice of them.
The interest in Richards will surely see City drive up the price of one of their biggest talents. Italian giants Inter Milan are rumoured to be interested and Monaco has a bid turned down last season. Whilst its the latest fashion on the continent to have a young English player in your team, the cost of these players has risen.
City will also want to make sure that they don’t get stung by another Sancho-esque player who left the club on the cheap, after refusing a new contract due to assurances about game time.
From what he has already won in his career it is very obvious that the 18-year-old is a very technically able player, and based on that alone City could demand a fortune. Scoring goals for fun in youth football and leading City youth teams to National and International success will have lead to, I’m sure, many clubs both at home and abroad paying close attention to Richards and his development.
Whilst Richards has never played senior football, coming through the youth ranks of Fulham and Manchester City, before long I’m sure City will want to test him in senior games so I’d watch out for him in the upcoming pre-season. If he is still a city player that is