Date: 1st May 2021 at 12:30pm
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The key to our transfer model being successful is finding more Alfredo Morelos’s and less Carlos Pena’s.

Looking across the Champions League knockout stages there is a raft of youngsters emerging as the next big things, Phil Foden at Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham at Borussia Dortmund and Kylian Mbappe at PSG to name but a few – the dream, is to find players like these before they get to the big clubs.

In 2019 RB Salzburg signed Haaland from Molde for £7.2million, that is in our price range – just – but before then, Molde paid under £100, 000 for him, he now has over 100 career goals and is just 20-years old.

Sancho went to Dortmund for £7m from Manchester City and is now valued at over £100m, again, he wasn’t always at the Etihad, he left Watford for just £150k, with a professional and thorough scouting network in place, these are the types of player that can not only enhance your first-team but also make you a tidy profit further down the line.

One name that has popped up in European football recently and looks to have huge potential is Akikunmi Amoo, an 18-year old Nigerian youth international currently playing for Hammarby in Sweden’s Allsvenkan.

Operating on the right-hand side of attack he has scored five goals in just nine games, making the most of the opportunity that he has been given to make an impact and, as we have seen with some of the names mentioned, getting in early is the key to success with players.

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Ianis Hagi

Ianis Hagi

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Nathan Patterson

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James Maxwell

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Stephen Kelly

Not all of them will make the grade, but we have a recruitment team in place now that should be able to find players like Amoo and assess whether or not he could carry the weight of expectation of the Light Blue shirt, Premier League clubs are circling though, so, we will need to move fast if we are to bring him to Scotland.

Remember, Akikunmi Amoo, you heard his name here first.