Sam Hughes – Scout Report
Premier League Leicester City have reportedly agreed a £125,000 deal to sign Chester FC starlet Sam Hughes. The 20-year-old was also wanted by Barnsley, Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, following his rather impressive season at the heart of the Chester defence. Championship side Barnsley apparently had a bid rejected for Hughes in January.
Despite these overtures, Hughes is expected to agree on a three-year-deal with Leicester City over the coming days. The Foxes have a good reputation for putting trust in talent from the EFL and this time, they are going even lower down to the National League, with Hughes tipped to have a big future in the game.
The defender from the Wirral has shown his ability to play at centre-back as well as at right-back. He is out of contract and was offered a new deal, meaning Chester are due training compensation for the young player. Here is what we know about him so far:
Hughes progressed through the youth ranks at Chester FC before breaking into their first team during the 2015-16 season. The 20-year-old was born in West Kirkby and so is considered a local boy, though he has improved hand over fist in the last two years and is ready now to move away from the north-west in pursuit of a step up the football ladder.
Style Of Play
Hughes is a defender, but one who is extremely comfortable on the ball. Known as a centre-back and right-back primarily, he can also fill-in in the midfield and has an eye for goal. Hughes managed 3 goals and an assist in his breakthrough season last time around including two in one game in an 8-2 win over Aldershot Town.
As mentioned, Hughes is still only 20 and he is regarded as a quick improver. Going from Chester’s under-19’s to the first team and then even to a role as the captain all came within two seasons and so whoever does sign him can expect to have an even better player on their hands in twelve months time.
It remains to be seen whether Hughes is Premier League level or Championship level. What looks certain is that he’ll grow into a player of good quality and so a fee of £125,000 seems very small for a club in the top tier.