The top clubs in England are always on the look out for the next exciting teenager, a player they can snap up very early on and put into their youth ranks as a potential first team star for the future.
West Brom’s Yan Dhanda is that exact sort of player and it seems the Baggies have an intense fight on their hands to stop him from switching to Liverpool or Arsenal before his senior career takes off.
Liverpool would be a very interesting choice for Dhanda because it’s a move that would represent his desire to play first team professional football as quickly as possible.
Brendan Rodgers showed last season that regardless of age, one you make it into Liverpool’s Development Squad and you start playing well, you’ll get a first team chance.
It would represent a fast track sort of move into professional football but what Dhanda would have to bear in mind is that Liverpool is a club filled with talented youngsters.
The depth they have available with their younger players is immense. Suso, Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jonjo Shelvey all spent time in the youth teams and first teams last season.
A move to Arsenal for Dhanda represents the chance to eventually work with Arsene Wenger, someone with a long record of taking underdeveloped younger players and turning them into superstars.
He would ultimately have to work much harder at Arsenal to get anywhere near the first team because the Gunners have seen plenty of younger players come and go over the last few years.
A move to Arsenal would also represent the ultimate education in football philosophy and what the game should be about.
Some of Wenger’s teams have played the best football that the Premier League has ever seen and his methods in terms of how he coaches his teams don’t seem to have changed throughout his career at the club.
Wenger is also superb when it comes to protecting his younger players in the same way Sir Alex Ferguson did at Manchester United.
That’s something which only comes with experience but it will be a big factor in the decision of Dhanda’s family and representatives.
Either move would create huge pressure for such a young man and great expectation for him to live up to.
However, it’s going to be difficult for him to turn either side down because of the immense potential Liverpool or Arsenal can guarantee.
Let us know your opinion, which club is better for him?
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