Derby County have unearthed a real gem in Surrey-born midfielder, Will Hughes. The young playmaker burst onto the Championship scene, making 35 appearances for the Rams.
Much of last year’s plaudits fell on the shoulders of players such as Tom Ince and Wilfried Zaha, leaving Hughes to just miss out on a place in the PFA Championship Team of the Season.
Despite his tender years, it is apparent that Hughes has a lot of ambition, basing his style of play on Barcelona playmakers Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
With his accurate passing, ability to find that killer ball and general technical precision, it appears that, with development, such comparisons may not be unwarranted.
He has already been linked with a mega-money move to top Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. It appears that such teams are willing to pay in excess of £10m for the Derby talisman. They will not find a better player to mould in the whole of England than Hughes, who truly has massive potential.
Hughes’ left foot is an absolute joy to behold, which, combined with massive inherent ability, makes him sure to succeed wherever he ends up plying his trade.
He has recently been named in the England Under-21 squad, making him the 2nd youngest after Theo Walcott to be given such an honour. This should give some indication of the esteem that Hughes is held in. Stuart Pearce has described him as “technically a very sound player” who is “progressing well”.
Essentially, the future is very bright for this young star, but he remains to be seen whether a big-money move will be the right option or if he should stay at Derby and continue to add to his burgeoning reputation.
Much is expected of him and it is greatly hoped that he can live up to the hype.
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