Aston Villa have beaten Everton and Manchester United in signing prospect defender Kerr Smith.
Marcel Brands has garnered a million praises for finding gems like Niels Nkounkou and Jarrad Branthwaite. Everton are also close to capturing Imam Jagne from BK Hacken who was also being chased by Manchester United. This time around, it seems as though Everton have missed out on signing prospect Kerr Smith as he is set to move to Aston Villa.
Kerr Smith is a highly rated centre back plying his trade at Dundee United. Kerr Smith is 15 and will turn 16 in a couple of months making him eligible to sign a professional contract. The Courier reported that Kerr Smith is close to joining Aston Villa and as he is currently in Birmingham.
Manchester United and the Toffees miss out on the rising star. Finch Farm or Carrington could have been a much better ecosystem but Kerr Smith has decided to further develop his game at Bodymoor. Aston Villa’s project to have exceptional scouting network who can deliver gems as these has begun in full swing.
The 15 year old began his career as a central midfielder but has now converted into a centre back. Kerr Smith attracted a lot of interest from Manchester United, Everton and Aston Villa in the past few weeks.
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Interestingly, there has been a common theme regarding Dundee United youth prospects and English clubs. A number of clubs in England sent scouts to Scotland to watch starlets such as Kerr Smith. Lewis Neilson is another Dundee United player the Toffees have been watching with scouts sent to the game of Dundee vs Celtic.
Of course, when you lose out on such a highly rated teenager, it may feel like you have lost one of the future superstars of world football. Marcel Brands has delivered some unreal talents and he’ll continue to do so for years to come.
As for Aston Villa, Kerr Smith could be a huge coup considering the number and size of the clubs that had been chasing him. If the 15 year old does continue to prosper at this rate we may see him in the Villa senior team in a few years’ time.
Is the Bodymoor training centre a better choice for Kerr Smith than Finch Farm?