Have to agree. Lots of money- indeed. A Prem manager was moaning recently about having to deal with teenage millionaire footballers who have never played any first team football. Can't blame Ethan for getting what will doubtless be a healthy contract that should set him up financially. The risk was that f he'd stayed at City and got a career ending injury then he'd miss out on the big bucks.You can't blame the lad. Sadly the stats show that it's pretty much nailed on that he'll not get any opportunity to play for Chelsea in the first team but he'll get some invaluable experience along the way to signing for someone like MK Dons in 5 years. Lots of money too.
I think most people in his position may have done the same.
Well Tis made that point in the article, and luckily enough because most 'papers just copy and paste articles nowadays, it's repeated in practically every follow-up article. Certainly helps us getting the news out first rather than Chelsea.At least this will raise the profile of our academy even higher and should help us compete to attract more talented youngsters.
OK Dave. Seems everyone on here is really concerned about the money we might lose. Seeing as he was never our player, just sit back and see what unfolds. Anything is a bonus, and some of his performances early doors last season when we were struggling were already a gift.It is my understanding that a substantial fee is being negotiated. Millions of pounds will be exchanged - the club will certainly profit substantially.
Could be. ...If correct, it should help put the price up for Ollie Watkins, too. The buyer will know we're not desperate for the moneyWho knows? Maybe a condition of him signing was that the compo had to start at a certain level or he would go elsewhere?