Report: Premier League clubs eyeing Montreal Impact prospect Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla

The 17-year-old Canadian winger is reportedly being tracked by the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are among a number of clubs tracking highly-rated Montreal Impact teenager Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, according to ESPN FC.

Tabla, who was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to Canada with his family as a child, first joined the Impact at the age of 14 and has since established himself as one of the top prospects in North America.

The skilful winger was named the Canadian Under-17 Player of the Year in 2014 at the age of just 15 and signed a deal with Montreal’s USL-based reserve team, FC Montreal, last November after starring for the club’s Under-18s.

Despite only recently turning 17, he has already been training regularly with the MLS side's first-team alongside the likes of Didier Drogba and was part of the Canadian Under-20 side that beat England 2-1 in Doncaster last month.

His impressive display on the day is said to have caught the eye of scouts in attendance and now ESPN FC claims that a number of Premier League sides are keeping close tabs on his progress.

Arsenal, City and Chelsea are among those teams in question and have reportedly even enquired about taking the promising attacker on trial in the near future in order assess his potential first hand.

Speaking to the Impact’s official website in November about Tabla’s qualities, FC Montreal head coach Philippe Eullaffroy said: “He’s a creative player who can be decisive in the final third. He’s a valued type of player because you don’t find many like him.

“He’s also someone who is eager to learn, who learns fast and who has the right mindset. A player from this age group joining FC Montreal’s roster will allow him more time to progress and use all his potential.”

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