With 60 appearances in the Championship already under his belt at the age of 19, Jayden Bogle continues to impress and gain admirers at Pride Park.
It’s hardly a surprise then to learn that a number of Premier League clubs are beginning to circle with West Ham reportedly the latest to show a keen interest in the England U20 star.
Will it come off? Who knows, but it is certainly one of the more realistic transfer links of this window with a reputed fee of £10m last summer amounting to a bargain for a player of such potential. Furthermore, the Hammers are presently in the market for a specialist full-back as Pablo Zabaleta’s warrior legs begin to weary.
With the real prospect of Bogle showing his worth at a top-flight ground near you very soon perhaps it’s time Football Fancast found out more about him and where better to start than with the coaches and players who know him best…
With just a couple of years of managerial experience to his name, Lampard has already gained a reputation for fearlessly promoting talented youth and it was he who gave the Reading-born defender his big break, elevating him from the academy and into the first team in the early stages of 2018/19.
It’s fair to say that the current Chelsea boss did not regret his decision. As per the Derby Telegraph, he said:
“Jayden Bogle coming through has been a real blessing for the club. He was an absolute find. When I came in pre-season and I saw him, I thought ‘wow, this kid can play’, and he has played so many games. He has come in and played like he has been playing for years, that is not always the norm. His development has been great to see, and he has developed.”
The England national side is over-flowing with brilliant right-backs with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka leading the way.
According to the former Rams striker Wilson, the duo might be expecting yet more competition in the form of Bogle in seasons to come.
As per dcfc.co.uk:
“Jayden Bogle is up there as the best right-back in the Championship and as good as some of those playing in the Premier League.”
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Cocu with the Dutchman enduring a torrid time in the Midlands, winning just nine of 28 league outings, yet all people want to talk about is the imminent future of his finest prodigy.
To his credit though Cocu is candid on his player’s situation, perhaps appreciating that talent rising to the top is always inevitable.
As per the Derby Telegraph:
“He is a 19-year-old modern offensive full back who gives something extra to your team. At this age, and the amount of games he has played, I am not surprised that there are some clubs interested in Jayden.”
With attack-minded and athletic full-backs in high demand, it is hardly surprising that he’s already attracted the eyes of the Premier League. The only question at this stage appears to be whether he can be secured this month or allowed to develop further until the summer.