With clubs in both the first and second tiers preparing a summer move, as reported by The Sun (05/02, page 63), Blackpool winger Bright Osayi-Samuel is facing up to the prospect of a decision which could have huge ramifications for his long-term, and short-term, career.
The 19-year-old winger may only be 30 games into his professional league career but, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, The Sun reports that Everton and Aston Villa are circling.
Villa reportedly missed out on a number of wingers in January and their second tier status means the step up from the fourth tier may not prove quite so steep.
However, although a sudden move to the Premier League with Everton would no doubt hinder Osayi-Samuel’s game time, he would not have look far for inspiration and an example of how to make an instant impression in the top tier after making your name in the humble surrounds of the lower leagues.
After all Ademola Lookman, the January signing from League One Charlton Athletic, needed just 18 minutes to open his account on debut against Manchester City last month while Ronald Koeman continues to intelligently stagger his exposure to first-team action.
After two further cameo appearances, Lookman was handed his first start in Saturday’s mesmeric 6-3 win against Bournemouth and, as you might have guessed by the scoreline, he revelled in the attacking freedom afforded to him by his manager, not to mention a leaky visitor’s defence.
Koeman has shown that he has the patience and the intelligence to help a precocious youngster adapt to the limelight. Could he repeat the trick with Osayi-Samuel?