Players struggling to make the cut at English clubs are finding opportunities on the continent. That seems to be the current trend, and it is becoming increasingly more prevalent.
Players like Jadon Sancho have swapped life in the Manchester City reserve set-up for an 11 goal/17 assist season in the German 1.Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson moved Hoffenheim on loan and has scored seven goals in 21 appearances for the German side.
Bayern Munich failed with their £35million bid to land Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, a move which indicates the current zeitgeist amongst continental sides for young English players. Then there’s the case of Serie A Sampdoria taking on Leeds’ Ronaldo Vieira of course.
Now Sun reporter Alan Nixon says that European clubs are taking an interest in the progress of Diamond Edwards, a youngster just coming through Reading’s youth set-up.
READING. Lad called Diamond Edwards coming through. Already lined up by clubs in Europe. Lots of top kids now being fancied abroad by leading German and Italian teams.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 5, 2019
Reading’s 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign has been somewhat disappointing, they finished 20th and just six points safe of the relegation zone. Obviously they will be looking to the future, looking to bounce back from this season’s disappointment.
Players such as Diamond Edwards will be a big part of that future – if the Royals can cling on to them. However, there does need to be balance and consideration.
Should a big club on the continent be casting serious glances at Edwards, as Nixon says, then the lure of quality football, backed with an impressive set-up, is bound to come into consideration.
Put quite bluntly, should one of these European sides step forward and declare solid interest, it wouldn’t be a surprise if another English youngster departed these shores for foreign football.