Report: Tottenham could lose out on this 40-goal young striker to PL rivals
Aston Villa set to beat Tottenham Hotspur to Rangers starlet Rory Wilson
According to The Scottish Sun (h/t The Scotsman), Aston Villa are seemingly set to beat Tottenham Hotspur to secure the services of Rangers starlet Rory Wilson ahead of the summer transfer window. He is one of the highly-rated talents to come up from the Scottish side’s academy and his future looks to be tied up going by this update.
The Scottish club have proposed a professional contract to Wilson as they attempt to keep hold of him. However, they do realise that the prospect of moving to England is too much for them to handle. As such, it seems that they are seemingly resigned to losing out on one of their talented youngsters.
Manchester City and Manchester United have also expressed their keen intentions to sign the 16-year-old, but it seems to be in vain. The Manchester clubs are apparently in line to lose out on the teenager just like Tottenham as he looks set to join Villa. The Light Blues are due to receive £300,000 in transfer fees as compensation for developing the youngster if the move is completed.
Losing out on a talented prodigy who could become a future superstar would always be a blow for any club. The Scottish attacker has been a menace in front of the goal, having scored 40 goals this season so far. That is a great output even if he plays in the youth system, which makes this setback even worse for us.
Then again, we probably never had the chance, looking at how Steven Gerrard kept an eye on the centre-forward when he was the Ibrox boss. That enabled the Liverpool legend to move quickly and supposedly win the race for the youngster.
The transfer fee also seems to be cheap, considering how that expense can be negated should the Rangers ace continue to develop on the current trajectory. As such, we look to be in line to be dealt a blow if this update is believed to be true.
Then again, one could say that we have Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott in a similar role and do not need to bring in Wilson, to begin with. However, if the club has expressed an interest in the Scottish teenager then he may probably have something that the other two lack under their belt.
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A dependable youth system plays a key role in ensuring glory and is evident from the success enjoyed by clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea, for example. We are not in a position to challenge the heavyweights from the get-go and will need to utilise the youth set-up to improve the team moving forward.
The board must realise that aspect as soon as possible, considering how we appear to be losing out on Wilson while also having let go of Dilan Markanday, who was touted to be one of our best prospects from the academy.