As the “silly” season (the summer transfer window that is) is about to start, some really awkward signings too are being discussed. When you have major teams in a league such as the English Premier League, teams including the League’s title holders, all scrambling for the signature of an 11-year old whiz, one not even eligible to play/sign professionally until 6 years’ time, then how awkward can it get? It only happens when a wealth of talent is discussed, and that is what Charlie Patino is.
The kid is only a decade and a year old (had to emphasize that), trains six times a week, models his playing style after Barcelona’s, and gets compared with Arsenal’s once-upon-a-kid prodigy, Jack Wilshere. Charlie Patino though is of Spanish roots, but he was born in England and he currently plays for the respected football academies of Luton Town F.C. At such tender age, he has put up performances for the league two side ( England’s 4th division ) that only a future star can put it. Chelsea wants to get him, but they will have to battle the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham. For a kid getting such attention and speculations, you can only expect his parents to get super excited concerning his future prospects. The lad’s dad says;
“Charlie is only 11 but he gets it and he knows what is happening to him. He knows that this is a big opportunity to train with a top club, even though there are no guarantees at the end of it.”
This was after the Gunners had made contacts with him concerning his child. Going for Arsenal will mean young Charlie will be following the footsteps of former club player, England’s international, Wilshere. But Chelsea are keen on bringing him to the Stamford bridge academy as earlier and soon as possible.
They will have to satisfy FIFA’s compensation guidelines by paying 10,000 pounds for the boy’s services, whose midfield’s expertise is his excellent ball control and superior touch. The kid and his parents have been to the facilities of the three interested clubs, and are poised to make a decision soon. Such a kid will be a great future asset for whichever club signs him eventually. At 11, they don’t come better than Charlie Patino.