Sam Allardyce has compared Junior Hoilett to Manchester United starlet Phil Jones, saying the Canadian has courage, commitment and desire to achieve big things with his footballing career.
“I had a nickname for him when [Jones] first came through. I called him John Terry. He had all those qualities that Terry has, even at a young age: commitment, desire, courage... all those things. He was also a very good footballer,” Allardyce said.
“It's a huge bonus when you come into a club like I did and you find someone like that waiting for you. I first noticed him when he used to come up with some of the other academy players and play in training games against our first team.
“Players like him and Junior Hoilett would come up from time to time.”
Hoilett has starred for Blackburn since moving to the club 2010, and after attracting attention from bigger English clubs, and with his contract running out in January, the youngster has not yet agreed to a new deal with Rovers.
Tottenham have long had their eye on Hoilett, and are believed to be waiting in the hopes to avoid paying up the 21-year-old’s £16.5 million release clause, according to the Daily Mail.
Newcastle are also said to be interested, with the club on a tight budget despite selling Andy Carroll last January for a British transfer record fee of £35 million.
Both Tottenham and Newcastle will be monitoring Hoilett’s contract situation very closely.
While Tottenham are able to offer European football to the Blackburn man, along with the possibility of qualifying for the Champions League, Newcastle reportedly believe that with the size of their club, Hoilett’s head might be swayed toward St James’ Park.