So many young players have shown immense promise, only to see a move to a bigger club put the brakes on their fledgling careers.
It is a problem blighting English football, as the bigger clubs collect the best young talent in the country, and allow the players to stagnate on benches, or in the uncompetitive refines of the reserve leagues.
This problem will continue to happen until it is put to an end by governing bodies, and the latest youngster who could become victim of this sad practice is Fulham left back, Ryan Sessegnon.
The 16-year-old defender has been a true revelation in the Championship this season, and his fantastic performance from the left hand side have seen his side to the verge of a playoff appearance.
Clubs have been circling the Roehampton born talent all season, but in recent days, Liverpool have reportedly upped their interest in the young star.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster the options available to him in a paper thin squad, and defence is an area he has earmarked as an area of need.
It is no wonder that this is the case, as Liverpool’s back four have been farcical at times this season, and have cost the German’s men a lot of points across the course of the campaign.
At such a tender age, the fact that Sessegnon is such a prominent member of the Fulham team is incredible.
This kid is a real talent, and if he were to make the move to Anfield, Liverpool would have a future star on their hands.
Many questions remain over the move. Liverpool need defensive reinforcements, but will a 16 year old in only his first season of professional football, be able to compete at the upper end of the Premier League?
The other question is whether or not Sessegnon will enjoy the same amount of game time he has at Craven Cottage.
Liverpool is full of seasoned pros, and it would be a shame to see the youngster benched for large parts of the season, when he could be gaining further experience with Fulham.
Klopp does however, have a track record for giving young players a chance, and the manager was lauded for bringing through a number of youth team graduates when boss of German giants, Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool have also plucked other young players from the Football League in recent years, and Joe Gomez enjoyed a strong run in the side following his move from Charlton, before a long term knee injury ruled the defender out.
Sessegnon will have much to consider this summer if Liverpool come calling, especially if his current side achieve promotion this season.
Only 16, the player has his whole career ahead of him to make a big money move, and should consider biding his time for now.
However a large contract offer and potential European football will surely turn the youngster’s head, and as fans of football, we can only hope the young man has a good group of people around him, to point this future star in the right direction this summer.