Malcolm Ebiowei has been a bright spark for Derby County in what transpired to be a disappointing end to their Sky Bet Championship season.
Making 15 Championship appearances at the back end of the campaign, the attacking player scored one goal and registered two assists.
His promising performances for Derby have caught the eye of a number of clubs, according to reports.
Last weekend, for example, the 18-year-old was linked with a move to Premier League side Crystal Palace by The Sun, with Patrick Viera said to be keen to secure his signature, just as they did with Ebiowei’s Derby teammate Luke Plange.
This week, more club’s have been thrown into the mix, with Tottenham, Leeds and Fulham all credited with an interest, as per the Daily Mail.
This got us thinking – where is the best place for Ebiowei to move?
There appears to be two outstanding candidates, and for different reasons.
One of those two is Crystal Palace, purely because of the success they have had in developing young talent from the EFL in recent years.
We have seen the likes of Michael Olise, Ebere Eze, and Marc Guehi all move to Selhurst Park after impressive stints in the EFL recently, and during spells, we have all seen them given an opportunity in the first team.
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As above, Palace have already made the move for Ebiowei’s teammate Luke Plange, and in general, there appears to be a focus on signing young EFL talent at the club at the moment.
Indeed, if there is interest from Palace, Ebiowei certainly can look at other players as examples of the treatment he may receive at Selhurst Park.
Fulham may be the other ‘best’ candidate for Ebiowei to consider this summer if they are one of the teams interested.
They are a Premier League side now after their recent promotion, and are also down an exciting, young attacker, with Fabio Carvalho having been sold to Liverpool.
Although he would not be a Carvalho replacement, it does show that Marco Silva is willing to give an exciting young player an opportunity, and so therefore, working under Silva at Fulham could be good for Ebiowei.
Although he would likely be far from a regular starter at Craven Cottage, they are also the club out of those linked that he would likely get the most game time with immediately.
With playing time in mind, Ebiowei could also consider the fact that the Cottagers have been relegated back to the Championship on the last two occasions that they were promoted.
If this were to happen next season, it would likely present Ebiowei with even greater first team opportunities.