Premier League club Crystal Palace are supposedly keen on signing 18-year-old midfielder Dru Yearwood from League One Southend, according to Alan Nixon in the Sun on Sunday (October 28, Page 59).
Yearwood already has 30 appearances under his belt at the Shrimpers and his rave reviews have put him firmly in the shop window for the January transfer window.
But would Yearwood be a good signing for the Eagles?
In the long-term he would be an excellent addition.
The youngster has already made six appearances for Southend this season and he will be confident of getting more game time under his belt in the near future.
It’s unlikely that he would be getting regular game time at Palace so if he was to sign for the Premier League side, then he could be tempted with a loan move elsewhere to further his development, with Yearwood still only being 18.
He’s a talented boy but I have reservations about moves such as this.
Firstly, it isn’t as though Palace are a Manchester United or Arsenal. It isn’t a ‘big’ move.
Would he play? Probably not.
What then of his development?
The young midfielder would be better served staying at Roots Hall and learning the game and plying his craft.
Moving to a Premier League academy is not always what you would imagine.
Playing first-team football at senior level is far better for a young player than playing U23 matches.
It would not be a good signing right now, Yearwood needs to continue his footballing education at Southend.
For Palace, it’d be a great signing – Yearwood has plenty of potential and is a regular for Southend United.
Would it be a good move for him though? He isn’t really good enough to be thrown into the first-team straight away, and playing in the under-23s every week can’t be good for his development.
If they sign him and then send him out on loan, then it’s a good move for all parties overall.