According to The Sun, top English clubs Liverpool and Manchester City are in hot pursuit of West Bromwich Albion wonder kid Rico Richards.
The league leaders and City have now joined Arsenal and Tottenham (h/t The Sun) in a transfer race to land the Baggies forward, who turned 16 two months ago.
Despite his young age, he has already spent time training with West Brom’s Under-23 squad – a clear indication of the boy’s talent.
With just one year left on his contract, it is no surprise that top clubs are tracking his progress. However, West Brom must aim to hold on to their wonder boy since losing youngsters Morgan Rogers and Louie Barry to City and Barcelona respectively, as claimed by a Birmingham Mail report.
Meanwhile, European champions Liverpool stay unbeaten after 12 games whereas North London side Arsenal slumped to 6th after their 2-0 loss to Leicester City.
Be it the Reds or the Gunners, Richards should move to newer pastures when the right offer comes around. A move to a bigger club would offer him more exposure and also improve his gaming standards.
In the meantime, let’s quickly analyse which of the above two clubs would suit the young Richards the most.
A real No. 10, Rico is versatile enough to play anywhere in the attack. He can also shift to the wings when required.
Rico, who scored a goal in his debut match for the England Under-17 side, is capable of being a viable long-term option for both Liverpool and Arsenal.
Arsenal, at present, have a world-class attacking midfielder in Mesut Ozil but the German international is beyond his prime and doesn’t look as sharp as he once did.
New addition Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid is also an attacking player but he often initiates attacks from a little deep in the midfield.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are in fantasy land under manager Jurgen Klopp, considering the side’s recent achievements. In fact, the Reds also have some top players in their youth system right now.
Amongst many talented youngsters, the Reds have the likes of Rhian Brewster (19), who won the 2017 Under-17 World Cup with England, Curtis Jones (18) and Harvey Elliot (16).
Jones and Elliot have represented England in the Under-18 and Under-17 sides respectively. Jones has played 11 matches till now while Elliot has featured in seven.
All three have also made their senior debuts for the Merseyside club – a clear indication of the depth of attacking talent within their ranks.
However, this is not the case with Arsenal. None of their youth players has found a place in the national sides.
Looking ahead, Liverpool’s future seems a bit brighter than that of their North London counterparts.
With a dearth of talent within their ranks, it is crystal clear that Arsenal need to add more firepower to their attack.
The side’s performances in the league this season have been inconsistent under Unai Emery and they need to bounce back quickly in order to gain a Champions League berth once again.
Liverpool, at present, look well-drilled for a team and are en route for more glories.
Thus, Arsenal should invest in this teenager sooner rather than later in order to keep their hopes intact and build a better future.
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