15-year-old Henry Wise has agreed a one-year contract with North London club Arsenal, having left QPR’s academy to make the switch.
The son of former midfielder Dennis Wise, Henry has opted to turn out for the rival club of his father’s career. The 48-year-old is best remembered for his 11-year spell with London rivals Chelsea, who he captain through their most successful period up to that point.
Winning two FA Cups, a League Cup, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the UEFA Super Cup, Wise was the Blues most successful captain up to that point - although he has since been overtaken by John Terry - before leaving Stamford Bridge to sign with Leicester, Millwall, Southampton and Coventry.
His time at Millwall also saw him move into a managerial role, and he led to the club to an FA Cup Final, and he also managed Leeds United and Swindon, before taking an executive role with Newcastle United, which he left in 2009. Since then he has stayed out of the game, just as his son has started to get into it.
The 15-year-old’s decision to join Arsenal’s academy could see him follow the path of Gunners graduates such as Jack Wilshere, and it is an academy that has been drawing many of English football’s luminaries relations recently. The midfielder will be joining a youth side containing all three of David Beckham’s sons, whilst Frank Lampard’s nephew is also turning out for the North London club.
Whilst Wise may feel that a move to the Emirates is the best for his career, the youngster has surely been brought up as a Chelsea supporter, and should he turn into a world class player, there would be no doubt that a move to Stamford Bridge would be on the cards.