Reported Everton and Leeds United target Harry Cochrane idolises Xavi

Leeds fans celebrate their team's victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on November 29, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Hearts wonder-kid Harry Cochrane looks to Barcelona legend Xavi for inspiration, but will he move to Everton or Leeds United to take the next step?

Hearts Harry Cochrane during the pre season friendly between Hearts and Newcastle on July 14, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

If anyone had any doubts about how talented 16-year-old Hearts prodigy Harry Cochrane really is, his starring performance in December’s 4-0 victory over champions Celtic should have dispelled them in style.

Cochrane was the best player on the pitch as Brendan Rodgers’ side lost for the first time in 70 domestic fixtures, scoring the first goal with a lovely curling effort before dominating the midfield with a display of class, composure and maturity beyond his years.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic walks off dejected after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Celtic and Paris Saint Germain at Celtic Park on September 12, 2017 in Glasgow,...

No wonder the fresh-faced teen is making waves in the transfer market. The Scottish Sun claimed in November that Leeds United were plotting a £500,000 move for arguably his country’s most thrilling prospect.

Although after that stunning display against Celtic, it is fair to say his value has probably gone up a little. These days, there is Premier League interest in the shape of Everton, who TEAMtalk claim could make a move before the end of January.

And if Leeds or Everton manage to somehow convince Hearts to part with their prize asset, they will be getting a player who models himself on arguably the greatest midfielder of the 21st century.

"I think it's important to move the ball on accurately and quickly. So I'd watch videos of Xavi,” Cochrane told the SFA.

"Like me, he's not naturally the quickest but his game awareness more than made up for that."

Barcelona legend Xavi had already won the first of eight La Liga titles when Cochrane was born in 2001.

And there could hardly be a better role model for a player who, like the Catalan superstar, possesses that all-too-rare intelligence, vision and in-built spatial awareness.

Leeds or Everton would be getting their hands on the sort of talent that does not come around too often.

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