I’m sure you’ve all heard about Arsenal signing 20 year old Cohen Bramall, from the 7th tier of the football league. The youngster is an attacking left full back and the story goes he was let go from his job at Bentley lifting radiators and the very next day Arsenal came calling.
Certainly sounds like fairy tale stuff!
The transfer fee for him is rumoured to be between £40k and £80k, which is small change for a club like Arsenal and poses hardly any risk whatsoever. In return, they could potentially have a player who could make it at the club, and feature for the first team.
Arsene Wenger has said quite a few things recently and apparently he’s instructed his scouts to look more in the lower leagues and see if there’s any talent there.
The boss has said numerous times that players from lower leagues are hungrier and that sometimes it’s hard to have a 17 year old who has been brought up with the club to fully appreciate what they have because they’ve come through the academies, been paid handsomely and had competitions such as the Champions League as their bread and butter – so for me its inevitable that some of these young superstars are pampered and mollycoddled.
I think it’s a good thing that we’re looking in the lower leagues and it can only be a plus if we unearth a gem or two. These players will be extremely hungry to make it and as we know talent is only half the battle – look at promising players like Ravel Morrison who was labelled the brightest young talent Sir Alex Ferguson had ever seen.
And if anything, it might show a few of our own lads what it’s like to have hunger and passion.
Arsene Wenger has talked about players who he thinks “have it easy”, and you automatically wonder who he’s talking about. Of the top of my head I’m thinking…
Jack Wilshere, Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Francis Jeffers…