After British tabloid ‘The Mirror’ ran the story that Premier League side Liverpool were interested in Bristol City youngster Jack Batten, Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK) explains who this emerging youngster is with all the information that you need to know.
Jack Batten is a youngster that has took the nation by storm after rumours emerged that Liverpool amongst other clubs were interested in this talent. The Bristol City youngster, who is just 18 years of age is a tall central defender and has been at the Academy for 5 more years since he joined the Academy at Under 13 level. Batten was 17 years old when he signed his first professional contract with the club and during that time, his performances on the pitch enabled him to step up to an Under 21 level, like Liverpool youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Cameron Brannagan have done this season. Batten was also in his first year of his two year scholarship when he put pen to paper on a new deal showing that the League One side rated their young defender very highly and that he was one for the future.
This was supported after Bristol City’s Head of Academy Coaching, Willie McStay described Batten as a “leader at every age group” whilst displaying “real maturity and confidence throughout.” As well as stepping up to the Under 21 side a year ago, the centre-back has also captained the side and therefore is being compared to Liverpool’s Lloyd Jones. The contract that Batten signed was a three year deal and is due to run out in the 2016/17 season so if Liverpool were to buy this upcoming youngster, then the Reds will have to play as little as £75,000 in compensation fees.
Also, I did a news story on Tyler Roberts, another youngster to be linked with a move to a Liverpool. That can be found on the ‘This Is Anfield’ website via the link below http://www.thisisanfield.com/2014/04/liverpool-target-young-west-brom-forward/ and contains all the information you need to know on the 16 year old forward from West Brom.
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