Aston Villa are said to have moved ahead of their Premier League rivals Arsenal and Leeds United in the race to sign Bournemouth winger Ajani Burchall, with the Sun reporting that the Midlands club appear most likely to win the race for the teenager.
The attacker became Bournemouth’s third youngest player ever when he was handed his professional debut against Huddersfield Town back in December by the then Cherries boss Jason Tindall and has attracted widespread attention ever since.
Alongside Villa, Arsenal and Leeds are both said to hold an interest in signing the teenager, however it appears that Dean Smith’s men have stolen a march on their rivals due to the fact they have a proven recent record of developing young talent within the first team environment.
Burchall is said said to have turned down a scholarship deal at the Vitality Stadium and is seemingly set to depart for pastures new come the summer.
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Originally born in Bermuda, the 16-year-old has already been capped at under-15 level by his country and could well go on to turn out for higher youth levels further down the line.
This is a common theme in football when a young player comes through to first team level, other clubs simply cannot get enough of them if they are up for grabs.
Villa would of course offer a great environment for Burchall to develop further at higher level but at his age, is he really being advised well enough by his representatives? I have my doubts.
Players get too much too soon nowadays and he’s only just broken through to the first team – it’s crazy that he’s already being touted about for a move away from Bournemouth.
Time will tell where he’ll end up but I hope that he goes to the club which will suit his development best as that is all that matters at this stage of his career.