The scouting staff at the Emirates has been visiting the Midlands stadium for a few months to watch a certain player and all their results suggest the club is considering a bid.
The player in question is not part of the first-team though. It’s 15-year old Dan Crowley of the Aston Villa Academy. He has impressed the club’s coaching staff and has even been tipped to be a future England great. Arsenal is part of a whole host of clubs that are watching Crowley but are set to be the first to tempt the player with a move. Manchester City is another club watching the player.
Arsenal is known for the use of youth players and the development of young stars are second to none at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger is a fan of developing players from the early part of their careers to teach them his philosophy and it’s worked in the past.
He took Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona at a similar age, despite paying £500,000 in compensation, and moulded him in to the player he knew he could become. Fabregas was a leading star in the Premier League and even captained Arsenal before his move back to Barcelona for £35 million, a profit of £34.5 million.
Theo Walcott was another player bought at a young age. His pace and finishing ability got him noticed and a big money move to Arsenal followed at the age of just 16. He has been an integral part of Arsenal ever since and remains a very important member of the squad, topping the goal scoring charts for the club last season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere are other first team players who joined the club at a young age to learn the ‘Arsene Wenger ’way before being introduced to the first team. Emmanuel Frimpong, Francis Coquelin, Jon Toral, Thomas Eisfield, Gedion Zelalem, Benik Afobe, Serge Gnabry, Ignasi Miguel, Ryo Miyaichi and Nico Yennaris are the players that Crowley could join in Arsenal’s academy should Arsenal go ahead and bid for the youngster.
It would be entirely up to the player to join the club with Aston Villa having no say in the deal and only receive a small compensation fee if any transfer were to take place. Wenger’s eye for young talent suggests if a bid was to be made that Crowley would be worth the compensation fee and Villa have found Premier League stars of the past such as Manchester City’s Gareth Barry, Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Sunderland’s Craig Gardner.
Could Dan Crowley be next?