Several top Premier League sides are all tracking promising teenage winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, according to a report from ESPN FC.
The young Canadian is apparently being seriously looked at by Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, who all could be set to make a move for the talented Tabla in the not too distant future, according to ESPN writer Peter O'Rourke.
The 17-year-old has only been playing professional football for a year but it seems like that has been enough to catch the eye of some of the biggest teams across Europe.
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Tabla came to prominence last month when he was the best player on the pitch as the Canadian Under-20 team upset England Under-20's with a 2-1 win in Doncaster.
"Tabla was named Canadian Under-17 Player of the Year in 2014 at the age of 15 and his performances have brought him to the attention of a number of Europe's big sides," the original report stated.
The youngster was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to Canada at a young age and has represented The Canucks at pretty much every youth level.
He is currently playing for FC Montreal, the reserve team of Major League Soccer side Montreal Impact, and plays his football in the United Soccer League, which is effectively America's third tier.
Rob Gale, the Canada U20s head coach, has waxed lyrical about the talent of Tabla in previous interviews.
“He’s a very talented boy who has some special qualities,” Gale said, via MLSSoccer.com. “He’s a player that can get people up on their feet and create that extra little bit of excitement.”
Gale believes that the player can improve under current Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello, as well as learning from Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who plays for the Impact.
“We just hope he’ll continue to development that and hopefully push into that first-team environment,” Gale went on to add. “He’ll be one to watch for Impact fans, for sure.”
“He’s a creative player who can be decisive in the final third. He’s a valued type of player because you don’t find many like him." - FC Montreal head coach Philippe Eullaffroy.
Whoever does eventually sign Tabla will have a very talented player on their hands. We'll have to wait and see if he signs for a Premier League side and fulfills his potential.
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