A host of Championship clubs are interested in signing Juventus’ Stephy Mavididi on loan, according to TEAMtalk.
Those interested include Leeds, Fulham, Derby and Middlesbrough, after the 21-year-old impressed in Juventus’ under 23 team last season. Premier league clubs Everton, Newcastle, Southampton, Burnley, and Aston Villa are also linked, so it could be a long race until one club gets him on board.
The 21-year-old even made an appearance for the Old Lady this season, perfect reward for his leap of faith, having joined from Arsenal last summer.
Mavididi has previously spent time on loan in the EFL, he made 10 appearances for Preston in 2016/17 and either side of that spell he played at Charlton, whom he helped reach the 2016/17 League One play-offs.
The Derby-born striker is still somewhat of an unknown quantity, as he has little experience of professional football.
His reputation suggests he has the ability and potential to be a quality player at the highest level, and a loan move could help him achieve that.
Given where he was born, it could put Derby in the frame to be favourites to sign him, and the player certainly has a tough decision on his hands with so many clubs interested.
Next year is a big one for Mavididi.
He has proved himself in youth football so now is the time to go out on loan, get regular game time and show what he could offer Juventus long-term.
The Championship would suit him very well, particularly Derby or Fulham, where he will be playing under a manager who likes to give opportunities to young players. Scoring goals in the Championship is not easy and if he accomplishes that it will do him the world of good.
Right now the Premier League could be a step too far and if he doesn’t impress straight away his chances could be limited, and that is the last thing he needs.