By Saikat Mandal

17th Sep, 2022 | 8:40pm

Chelsea battle Leeds United to sign Northern Ireland teenager Cole Brannigan

Chelsea and Leeds United are among the host of clubs that are showing keen interest in Northern Ireland Under-16 international Cole Brannigan, as per The Sun.

The newspaper reported on 17 September that Manchester City and Liverpool are also interested to sign the Linfield teenager.

The report suggests that the Blues are in the process of much change at board and coaching levels following the appointment of Graham Potter.

Tough competition

It seems Brannigan is a highly-rated young talent, and big Premier League clubs want to sign him for their academy.

Big Premier League clubs are all capable of securing young talents from lower clubs, but the player must realise what’s best for his development.

The academy system at all the four mentioned clubs are well-known, with Leeds probably having a better record of giving opportunities to young talents from their academy.

The same can be said about Liverpool as well, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliot becoming regular starters after coming through the youth ranks at the club.

Phil Foden, likewise, is the best example of how far Manchester City have been able to produce talents despite spending big money on signing players every transfer window.

Chelsea in recent years have produced some fantastic players from their academy. The likes of Mason Mount, Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James and Conor Gallagher are prime examples.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds United were wrong to let Liam McCarron go.