Neil Jones of Goal has given some insight into Liverpool’s recent acquisition of youth player Bobby Clark from Newcastle United.
The 16-year-old has become the latest teenager who The Reds have signed from another English side and Liverpool will be hopeful that he can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Harvey Elliott by joining the academy and then going on to become a first-team player.
Speaking to us on our Transfer Insight Live Show, Jones told us that it’s not only Bobby who is thrilled that he has joined Liverpool, but his father Lee, who used to play for Newcastle, is delighted too.
“I spoke to Lee, his Dad, just sent him a message saying ‘congratulations to Bobby and welcome’ and he replied ‘he’s made up, it’s a great club’. Lee Clark, by all accounts, is a very knowledgable football person and he’ll have had a big say on where his lad ended up and he wants him at Liverpool, which bodes well for Liverpool.”
For a former Newcastle United star to want his son to leave his boyhood club – the club he represented with distinction – to join Liverpool, it shows the reputation that The Reds’ academy has in the wider football world.
Time will tell if Clark can follow the path of Elliott and others by moving from another English club and becoming first-team player, but given how desperate Newcastle were to keep the teenager, as Jones also told us, then he has every chance.
It’s great to see that Liverpool is the place to be for many young players, and long may that continue.
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