More potential than Wilshere! Arsenal's newest starlet can be Villa's biggest regret

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When Arsenal controversially signed Crowley from Aston Villa in the summer, it was difficult to see just how much they had lost for such a minor fee.

Arsenal were one of the first clubs in the country to take advantage of the new Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) regulations by signing 16-year-old wonderkid Dan Crowley from Aston Villa for just an initial £200,000.

Aston Villa lodged an official complaint with the Premier League over their EPPP compensation scheme after losing the exciting talent for just pittance. And judging his latest performances, it could become a transfer that becomes historically known due to the potential the player has.

Whilst at Aston Villa, he was already being dubbed 'the new Jack Wilshere' but months down the line from his move to Arsenal, it's plain to see he has the potential to become much more than that.

One performance in the FA Youth Cup in particular caught the eye of commentators which went on to remark:

''That is just fabulous, he is a joy to watch. He has everything in his locker, confidence as well.''

In a totally dominant and one sided match, it was quite clearly the Dan Crowley show and the potential on show was quite simply frightening.

At 16 years of age, it may perhaps be a little too soon for Arsenal fans to be putting all their eggs in one basket - and there's enough talent elsewhere in the academy for them not to do so. However, it's incredibly hard to deny this young player has some serious talent.

The transfer of the prospect left a bitter taste in the mouth of Aston Villa fans after seeing the regulations put in place to apparently aid young player development has effectively allowed Arsenal to sign a potentially £10+ million pound player for as little as £200,000 initially. 

The worry over the Elite Player Performance Plan regulations is that it allows the big English clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to steal other clubs best young talent and effectively stockpile the country's top prospects before either selling them on for investment purposes or farming them out after years of half-hearted coaching has dented their development rather than aided it.

At this moment in time, it's impossible to predict what ramifications the regulations could have in the future.

Early on though, the impact they have had on Villa is already a large sore point after losing one of their most talented players for next to nothing. A player that may have gone on to play a lot of games for Aston Villa if he remained at the club and become a future star.

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