Chelsea are reportedly setting their sights on Stoke City prospect Emre Tezgel, who has previously received comparisons to England captain and Tottenham forward Harry Kane.
According to The Daily Mail, Championship club Stoke will face a battle trying to keep hold of their exciting 16-year-old talent.
It is understood that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all want the teenaged centre-forward, so are tracking his development.
The report explains that Stoke’s academy director Gareth Owen has described him as a ‘a Harry Kane-type forward’, which is in itself huge praise.
Who is Emre Tezgel?
Tezgel only turned 16 in September, but he’s already making quite the noise at Stoke.
The striker has scored seven goals in five appearances this season for Stoke’s youth team in the Under-18s Premier League, including a hat-trick against Liverpool.
In addition, he scored four goals in three appearances for England’s Under-17s side during the recent September international break. The Burton-born talent has once again joined up with the Young Lions this month.
Chelsea’s academy should tempt young players
Of course, it’s difficult for youngsters from Chelsea’s youth side to break into the first team.
However, the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James have proven it’s possible if you’re good enough.
An ambitious youngster should be looking at a move to Cobham as an exciting one in their career if you’re ambition is too make it at the very top.
You’ve got to be cautious when going overboard with praise on Tezgel, but the Stoke talent is ticking all the boxes as a forward at youth level and is one to keep an eye on.
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