Aston Villa are facing potential disaster over young winger Tyreik Wright, amid reports claiming that clubs are keeping tabs on his situation.
The 19-year-old is currently out on loan at League Two side Walsall, and has enjoyed an impressive start since joining them back in the January transfer window – he’s picked up two assists in his last two league games.
Now, The Daily Mail claim that both Everton and Celtic are among the clubs keen on signing him, particularly with his contract at Villa Park coming to an end come the finish of this season.
The report adds that the “growing interest in Wright represents a dilemma for Villa with his current contract ticking down”.
When Villa’s clutch of U23s and U18s bravely took on Liverpool in the FA Cup third round earlier this calendar year, it would have surely left Dean Smith absolutely buzzing to see so many of his club’s young stars make a real impression.
It was a tantalising taste of what could be on the cards for Villa’s future, and would have delivered a timely reminder to Smith that while big-money signings might be necessary to take that next step in the Premier League, the Midlands club have got a real talented bunch just waiting in the wings for a genuine opportunity.
And in the 19-year-old Wright, Villa have got another gem on their hands. Walsall boss Darrel Clarke said of the Ireland youth international: “Tyreik’s got great ability. He’s been showing his match winning qualities in the Under 23’s at Villa and for his country at youth level. We’ve got a great relationship with Villa and we’re very grateful to them for letting us have one of their exciting youngsters.
“He has that match winning quality, energy, pace, and he created the goal at Port Vale (his debut) with one bit of magic. As long as he’s doing the other side of the job he’ll have a good future.”
Letting him leave on a free transfer in the summer just when he’s beginning to show that he can handle senior football, would be an absolute travesty from those in charge at Villa.
The 5 foot 10 starlet is taking his opportunity at Walsall with both hands, and Smith will surely be keen on seeing how he comes back as a player come pre-season.
Not tying him down to a new contract, and potentially even seeing him join a Premier League rival in Everton would be nothing short of a disaster.
Just when the likes of Louie Barry and Jacob Ramsey become house-hold names for their emergence onto the scene, Villa could lose an exciting prospect who’s been impressing away from the spotlight, and that would surely aggrieve Smith.