Ben Kennedy may have only just signed his first professional deal with Stevenage but it looks like he could be heading out of the door and up a few leagues in the summer.
It seems quite a few Premier League clubs have been keeping an eye on the youngster who has made quite an impact since joing the League Two side. The striker has found the net three times in four appearances and he has been spotted by North London Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. They are not the only ones either, current Champions, Manchester City, are keeping tabs on the youngster.
All three teams are currently fighting for Champions League places and it looks like they are ready to fight for the 18 year old as well. The Gunners’ scout, Brian McDermott was spotted at a Stevenage match recently so it looks like the rumours that top flight clubs are interested are true. Would it be too much of a big step to jump in one go?
Whilst it seems like a big jump for a young player it could be the move he needs to boost his career. It is unlikely he would start in the first team straight away but he would be able to benefit from the amazing training facilities, physios and all the added bonuses being at a big club can offer. Many Premier League clubs like to keep an eye out for talent in the lower leagues and then make sure they get the players on their books before loaning them out again.
Kennedy only signed for the League Two side in February and he has been enjoying his time there. While everyone wants to know what he thinks about the rumours and how he feels, Kennedy just wants to focus on his job at Broadhall Way. He has told reporters, “I just have to continue working hard, doing what I’m doing and hopefully I can push on.”
Arsenal have a long history of developing young players under Arsene Wenger and this season Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino seems to have taken a similar approach with first team starts for youngsters Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane. Both managers love finding hidden talent amongst the lower leagues and their development teams and it looks like Ben Kennedy could become the latest North London protégée.
But they are not the only teams who are interested in the Stevenage star. Manchester City certainly shouldn’t be ruled out. It is a well-known fact that City’s team are seen as an “ageing” one and Pellegrini is keen to bring in as many young players as possible. Their new top of the range training facilities means that the club are keen to expand their development and youth squads in a bid to be able to bring more youngsters up through the ranks like Arsenal and Spurs do on a regular basis.
Stevenage still have 7 games left to play before the end of the season and they currently sit in 9th place just two points out of the play-off places. Kennedy’s main focus is to get Stevenage promoted, only then will he start listening to rumours and gossip about where he may end up. Carry on playing like this and a “promotion” of his own will most definitely be on the cards.