Fulham’s £130,000 signing of 16-year-old Noe Baba is something you can expect to see a lot more of in the next few years.
Clubs have always been on the look out for the best teenagers and the best youngsters, signing them up before they even reach double figures in terms of age.
Fulham’s capture of Noe Baba from Castlebar Celtic is the perfect example of transfers which are just going to become more and more likely.
If the Premier League and Football League push on with financial measures which restrict clubs from spending more than they earn, then most clubs will be restricted from paying millions for top stars.
This will mean a higher level of investment in ensuring a club has the best youngsters so there is ultimately no need to shell out over the odds for a player who may not be worth it.
The difference between the way clubs have acted and how they will act is in essence, the transfer fees.
Many youngsters agree to go and play youth football for top European teams on the basis that they will be nurtured, well looked after and well coached because no side is even going to pay a ten-year-old a salary.
The actual acquisition of a boy at around that age or even before that age is quite rare but trading of players as they develop in their teenage years is going to become more common.
The reason sides will be willing to pay a fee, similar to the example of Baba, for top 14, 15 and 16-year-olds is because they can afford to do so as they don’t have to give that lad reasonable personal terms until he’s 18.
Top clubs in England and all over Europe will also be able to financially shell out six figure transfer fees because they are likely to fall well inside the budgets which are set.
There are always going to be multi-million pound transfers and they will not go away. It’s an exciting angle of the game which we all enjoy as fans.
The point is that the buying and selling of teenage players, similar to Baba is going to increase and it’s something which football’s regulators need to keep an eye before we reach the point of the first million pound under-18-year-old.
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