This is the best article i've found concerning the ability of george green. As an Evertonian its a bit of a good feeling article. Posting it just in case anyone missed it. Dribble away!
THEY stood watching from the sidelines, scouts from a string of high-profile Premier League clubs with their mouths agape, as 15-year-old George Green from a tough Yorkshire council estate ran rings around the cream of Aston Villa’s U-17 side.
Among the throng of onlookers, coaches from Everton’s respected Finch Farm academy sensed this was one they could not afford to miss out on.
The Toffees may not be able to spend big in the transfer market, but they have a dedicated policy of investing in youth that could yet enable them to prosper in the long-term.
Green, who until yesterday was a part of Bradford City’s youth system, had been given permission by his club to play in a trial match for Tottenham Hotspur at their Chigwell training ground, as a goodwill gesture after the Londoners had loaned City a goalkeeper.
Green had come up through the ranks with League Two club Bradford, as part of the same impressive youth set-up that nurtured Manchester United’s lauded midfielder Tom Cleverley, Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph and promising Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.
But according to sources close to the West Yorkshire outfit, Green could outshine them all.
An attacking midfielder of exquisite balance, with a rapacious appetite for goal-scoring, the teenager had already appeared on the wanted list of Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Southampton, and Rangers.
Spurs, who thought they were in the driving seat to capture the youngster, are believed to be secretly livid at his switch to Merseyside.
During that one-off friendly for the North London side two weeks ago, Green scored four – including two strikes when he dribbled past most of the opposition.
The teenager will become a full-time part of Everton’s youth set-up next summer, and Blues academy director Alan Irvine is looking forward to working with him, while insisting in typically understated fashion that nobody should get too carried away just yet.
“George is a young player who was attracting interest from a number of clubs,” he said.
“He has got good potential but at the moment that’s all it is. He has got a lot of work to do and he knows that. We’re happy to have him and we’re looking forward to working with him here at the academy.”
The mantra at Everton is never to over-hype youth players whatever their sparkling potential. For every Wayne Rooney, there is a Billy Kenny. For every Jack Rodwell, there is a Scott Spencer.
But if Green progresses as expected, the Blues will have their work cut-out avoiding the type of comparisons deployed by Bradford’s head of football development Archie Christie. “This is one of the highest deals ever for a 15-year-old from a League Two club,” he said.
“But George is the best I've seen in his position at his age. He could become another Wayne Rooney or Paul Gascoigne.”
The fee Everton have agreed to pay certainly represents their belief Green could mature into a stellar talent. With all the numerous clauses in his deal fulfilled it could eventually rise to £1.6m, with an initial £170,000 fee down payment.
“He has been training with lads aged 17, 18, and 19 at Bradford and he’s not even 16 until January,” said one source close to the Bantams.
“Bradford are good at bringing on young players and making a profit from them. They hope to do well out of lads like Tom Cleverly and Fabian Delph and there’s no reason George can’t eventually play for the Everton first team.
“David Moyes recognises his potential because he was keen to get him and the club invited George to the Merseyside derby at the weekend.
“I think that game at Spurs was the ‘Kerching’ moment for Bradford. All of a sudden there were dozens of clubs phoning about him, and there had been a lot of interest beforehand.
“But George doesn’t want to just disappear into the system at somewhere like Spurs who sign players like confetti.
“His family have seen that Everton give young lads a chance if they show they’re ready.
“You only have to look at Ross Barkley, whose two and a bit years older than George and he’s playing in the Premier League week in, week out.
“You never know with young players ultimately. Bradford may have sold the next Gazza or he may not quite make the grade, but even if he turns out to be half the player they are hoping, Everton have got a star.”