Derby County have confirmed the arrival of Malcolm Ebiowei at Pride Park.
In a short statement posted on the Derby County website, the Rams confirmed that the 18-year-old had joined the club on a free transfer, putting pen to paper on a one-year deal following his completion of a medical.
The statement went on to touch on the attacking midfielder’s history, stating that he has represented both England and the Netherlands at international youth level, as well as spending time in both Arsenal and Glasgow Rangers’ academies.
Considering Derby’s troubles in the transfer market this summer, with Wayne Rooney having only been given permission to add a limited number of free agents and loan signings to his first-team squad as a result of an EFL imposed transfer embargo, the fact that the Rams have still been able to add players to their youth setup is sure to have left fans buzzing.
Indeed, while Ebiowei is yet to make a senior appearance in his career to date, the forward will nevertheless provide a further option for Rooney in attacking midfield over the course of what is sure to be a long and arduous Championship campaign for the Rams – who currently only have just 17 fit outfield players.
Furthermore, regardless of whether or not the 18-year-old does go on to feature for Derby this season, the fact that the club look to be planning for their future with the signing of an exciting young player would appear to be a positive step for the Championship side, who find themselves in their current mess as a result of signing a number of over-the-hill players on expensive contracts.
As such, regardless of everything going on behind the scenes at present, the signing of Ebiowei is undoubtedly good news for Rooney and his team.