Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could be heading for a showdown over which colour the possible next hero of north London will be wear, as the rival clubs are both trying to sign wonderkid Ben Kennedy.
Both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino’s youth scouts have been mightily impressed by the 18-year-old in his handful of performances since making his debut for Stevenage in January – he only signed his first professional deal in February.
According to the Sunday People, Kennedy may not be playing for the League Two side a great deal longer as both the Gunners and Spurs are keen on snapping him up. It’s no great surprise, as the young attacking midfielder has found the net three times in his ten appearances, five of which were as a substitute.
Arsenal scout, and former Reading and Leeds Untied manager, Brian McDermott was sent to get a closer look at Kennedy, though the report claims he is far from the only Premier League scouts watching him.
The Gunners have a strong reputation for spotting and bringing through young talent, but the prospects of academy stars haven’t been quite so rosy in the last couple of years, with most players in the starting XI being signings from elsewhere.
Tottenham have had a surge of youngsters coming through their academy and claiming spaces in the first team over the last couple of seasons, though there is some way to go yet if they are to build a reputation as good as that of their fiercest rivals.
Tim Sherwood was very enthusiastic about blooding youngsters and it has paid off with the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb all establishing themselves in the first team. It has been especially good with Kane, who is scoring goals for fun this season.
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