Arsenal and Liverpool chase England U19 starlet Jordan Obita - Three questions & Reaction

Reading's Player of the Year Jordan Obita is reportedly attracting the interest of top four Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool.

According to a report in the Mirror, Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger will face-off against one another for Reading full-back Jordan Obita.

The England under-19 defender made 36 appearances for the Championship promotion hopefuls last season, earning good reviews along the way. And if it wasn't down to a final day draw with promoted Burnley, the 20-year-old could have been in contention to play Premier League football with Reading.

Nevertheless, the youngster may still get his chance in the Premier League next season with either Arsenal or Liverpool.

Regardless of who signs him, the signing of the relatively unknown English starlet is likely to raise questions. We look to answer some of those question and look at the reaction from Reading fans, who could be set to lose a key player.

Who is Jordan Obita?

As we suspect most Arsenal and Liverpool supporters will be focusing on the likes of Ashley Cole, Mario Mandzukic and others, the name Jordan Obita is likely to fall under the radar.

The 20-year-old had a fantastic breakthrough season at the Berkshire club and in the end was awarded with the club's player of the year trophy. Whilst predominantly a left-back, the youngster has played in a number of roles this season including central midfield, a sign of a player that likes to get on the ball.

Is he good enough for a top four Premier League club?

In his current form, I have no doubts the Reading starlet would be out his depth at both Arsenal and Liverpool; however, with a good pre-season and unprecedented progression, he may show enough promise to fight himself onto the bench. Unfortunately, in my opinion of course, I don't feel Obita will go on to become a player we see playing week in, week out at either Liverpool or Arsenal.

He can become a Premier League player, without question, but I doubt he would for the teams mentioned.

How much would Obita cost?

The original transfer report speculates that he would be a 'fraction' of the cost of Shaw, which goes without saying considering Shaw is reportedly moving for a little less than £30 million. However, a true value for Obita is not known or even speculated. As a promising English player in a good Championship side, I would imagine his signature won't be that cheap, but is likely to no more than £5 million.


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