Lincoln City youngster Ellis Chapman has fallen onto the radar of several big clubs, with Southampton and Derby linked with a summer swoop according to Lincolnshire Live.
The versatile midfielder has just two Football League starts for the Imps, but spent the latter part of the season on loan at Chesterfield where he started 13 times in the National League.
Chapman is a darling of manager Danny Cowley, with the successful manager commenting that lending him to the Spireites was like lending out ‘his favourite toy’.
The move came not long after the 18-year-old came off the bench against Everton in the FA Cup third round, after which Cowley jokingly offered to sell him to Everton for ‘a couple of million’.
Chapman began his youth career with Lincoln, but made a move to Premier League side Leicester City before returning to his hometown club a year or so later.
Since then there’s been lots of excitement around his potential, with Imps fans likening him to Lee Frecklington, their former YTS player who made the step up to Championship football.
Would a move to Pride Park be right for Chapman at this stage of his career? Our Football League experts discuss.
“Chapman is a real talent and having seen his development first hand, he’s got massive potential.
“He didn’t look out of place coming on against Everton in the FA Cup and he settled quickly into Chesterfield’s side whilst on loan.
“This interest is of little surprise, but if Lincoln do sell it will only be at a price that benefits them hugely.”
“It’s a smart bit of business if they get it done.
“Chapman has impressed me when he’s played for Lincoln this season, and he’s certainly a player that will be playing at a higher level in the future.
“He could thrive under the guidance of Frank Lampard and would be one for the future for Derby fans to keep an eye on.”
“Chapman was an influential player for Lincoln during the first half of this season, but fell down the pecking order when Mark O’Hara joined on loan from Peterborough in January.
“He could be a decent signing for Derby, but he would probably be regarded as one for the future.
“Chapman sent the second half of this season on loan at Chesterfield in the National League and to suddenly move to the Championship would be a major step up for the player.”