A host of Sky Bet Championship clubs are battling to take Chelsea’s young centre forward Islam Feruz on loan, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The Scottish U21 is being courted by each of Bristol City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers – all whom could promise to give the youngster the playing minutes he needs.
A stalling loan spell with Blackpool back in January saw him feature for sporadically, while a previous stint with Greek side OFI Crete brought only three appearances.
But the Blues are now prepared to give him another chance to get the breakthrough he has been searching for, with the Stamford Bridge club looking for guarantees that Feruz will be part of the first team of any club willing to sign him.
Feruz moved south of the border in 2011 after rejecting a professional contract at Celtic. He was praised by Chelsea scouts for his pace and attacking instinct, and in 2013, he scored two goals to help the Blues win the FA Youth Cup.
Born in Somalia, the youngster represented Scotland in all levels up to the U21. He was recently said to be unwilling to play for the country where he was raised up, but returned to insist that he would be honoured if he was selected for the Scottish national team again.
The 19-year-old has undoubted talent, but he needs to find a club where he will get much needed game time, to help him develop and mature as a professional striker.
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