In a shock move that saw the Hednesford Town player join EPL stalwarts Arsenal, what is a realistic target for the youngster this season?
It’s what dreams are made of. Whether you’re the player concerned or a passionate fan who wants the best for his club, nothing is more exciting than a good old transfer story. What makes this stories even better is when a youngster is plucked out from relative “obscurity” and goes on to play for a massive professional club a la Jamie Vardy and Dwight Gayle.
That’s what is happening right now for Cohen Bramall. The left back has just made the leap from the seventh tier of English Football, to potential Champions League and Premier League winners Arsenal. But what lies ahead for the youngster?
Competition, that’s what. The left back spot is one of the more hotly contested positions in the team, with England international Kieran Gibbs and Spanish international Nacho Montreal battling it out for the starting spot. I’m not suggesting for one minute that Bramall would walk straight into the team, but ultimately making that position his own would be a realistic goal for the future. Having said that, look at Rob Holding. A young centre half who made his way through Bolton Wanderer’s academy before signing for The Gunners. Not many people thought he would hget a chance, but he did.
Bramall will join a long list of young talent that the North London side have nurtured during the past ten years. Perhaps the standout talent that The Gunners academy has produced is Jack Wilshere, once dubbed the “saviour” of English football.
So will Bramall be loaned out straight away? Or will he be given time to adapt to a higher level of Football and to learn the Arsenal “brand”. Only time will tell. Wenger has already given his indication of where Bramall will fit in, describing similarities to Ashley Cole. However, the Frenchman has confirmed that the young left back is not ready for Premier League action just yet.
Without a doubt, this transfer has been a triumph for Non League Football. Not only because of the actual signing of a Non League player, but the interest it has garnered for Hednesford Town and the local community, not to mention a princely sum of £40,000 for the club. I have no doubt that clauses have been written into the transfer, enabling Hednesford to earn more money from any other potential transfer.
With the introduction of more academies to Non-League sides, I can only see more players coming through and given their chance in the big leagues.
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