Tottenham, Leeds and Fulham are among a host of teams lining up summer moves for Derby County wonderkid Malcolm Ebiowei, according to a report.
The winger is out of contract at the end of this season. It seems unlikely that he is going to stay with the Rams for their upcoming League One rebuild.
Wayne Rooney has managed Derby since the start of the season. He attempted to perform a great escape in order to secure the Rams’ Championship stature.
However, it unfortunately was not meant to be for Derby. They will play next season in the third tier of English football.
There have however been some positives from this season that Rooney can take with him into League One, such as their talented academy graduates performing to a high standard in the Championship.
One of the players that has particularly impressed is Ebiowei. According to WhoScored, the 18-year-old winger has achieved an average rating of 6.89. It is proof of a good player for the level he’s playing at. He has also contributed to three goals throughout the campaign.
Due to his performance in the league, Ebiowei is being linked with a move away from Derby. According to The Sun, as well as Tottenham, Leeds and Fulham, the likes of RB Leipzig and Crystal Palace also monitoring his situation.
The teams in question are looking to bolster their academies and secure Ebiowei’s services as he develops and matures into a better player.
Although as Ebiowei is only 18, if a team does sign him, they will have to pay a compensation fee due to his age. The three teams that will receive a portion of the fee are Derby, Rangers and Arsenal, whose academies he developed in.
Ebiowei earning praise from Rooney
Rooney has spoken on the quality that the 18-year-old has and what it means for him to get his first goal for Derby, which came at the end of April.
“Ebiowei has deserved a goal, so I’m delighted for him because his performances have deserved that,” he said in reaction.
“It is a positive for us getting him off the mark. It is a shame there is only one game left. But I am sure in his career there will be a lot more.”
Due to the restrictions Derby find themselves under, until they have a completed takeover, it is not possible for the team to offer extensions to contracts or even to new players they’d like to sign.
The club only have five players contracted to them next season. They are facing a major rebuild and restructure in order to get the team back to the second tier.