Rico Henry wanted by Premier League heavyweights

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A host of Premier League clubs courting the "new Ashley Cole" in the form of Walsall's Rico Henry, according to the Mirror.

The left-back has been attracting interest from Premier League heavyweights Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Henry, who can also play as a left-sided midfielder, has caught the eye this season after several impressive performances. The Birmingham-born defender has been with Walsall since he was 11-years-old and broke into the first team last season, making his debut in the area semi-final victory over Tranmere in the Football League Trophy.


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The 18-year-old has started this season in great form and helped Walsall to the top of League One. Henry was rewarded for his strong performances by being named the Football League Young Player of the Month for September.

The left-back's buccaneering style of play has led to comparisons with three-time Premier League winner Ashley Cole, who was England's first-choice full-back for over a decade.

Henry scored his first career goal in August against then Championship table-toppers Brighton in the Capital One Cup. He then went on to play the full 90 minutes against Premier League champions Chelsea in the same competition.

Despite attracting interest from a quartet of Premier League clubs, Henry signed a three-year contract with Walsall in October, keeping him at the Bescot stadium until 2018.

If a bid is launched for Henry in the upcoming transfer window it is fair to say the young starlet will have a difficult decision on his hands.

Stay with Walsall and continue to make progress playing regular or take the risk of joining a Premier League club where chances are limited and competition incredibly high.

A choice all lower league talents have to make at some stage in their careers.

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