Sky Sports is reporting that Watford Under-16’s star Xane Zaineddine is being tracked by all of the top clubs in Europe, having impressed with the Hornets this season. The 15-year-old joined the club last year, after his parents relocated from Australia to London, and he could well be making the switch to the Premier League in the near future.
However, little is known of the 15-year-old, and so we take a look at who Xane Zaineddine actually is.
1) Zaineddine completed his switch to Vicarage Road last year, moving with his entire family to Watford. Having lived in Australia for his childhood, the youngster progressed through a number of Australian Football Federation programmes, before deciding to leave the country for the good of his career at the age of 14.
2) Offered a place at the academies of Barcelona and AC Milan, Zaineddine trained with the Catalan club on-and-off for the previous five-years, before deciding to switch to England to improve the physicality of his game, having impressed Barca trainers.
3) The youngster chose Watford over his European admirers on the recommendation of Panos Armenakas, who spent a spell with the Hornets before joining sister club Udinese over the summer. Zaineddine’s father told footballcentral: “Xane knowing Panos was at Watford helped him make the decision to go with Watford as opposed to the options he had at the time. Xane thought if Watford was good for Panos then it would be fine for him.”
4) A forward, Zaineddine currently leads the Hornets Under-16 side in goals and assists this season, and his name is frequently mentioned amongst the academy ranks as one of the highest rated prospects in Hertfordshire.
5) Having only been at the club for 18 months, Zaineddine could leave for a negligible fee at his young age, but the Hornets may utilise their connection with Udinese to secure his future as part of the Pozzo family. As with Armenakas, who left for Italy to tie his future down, Zaineddine could complete a switch to Stadio Friuli, thus stopping Premier League clubs from taking advantage of the EPPP system to poach talented youngsters at a rate well below their worth.