‘Better prospect than me at that age’ – Ex-Stoke City star on son’s link with Arsenal and Chelsea



There’s a growing list of familiar names up and down the football leagues and in club’s Academies. The sons and nephews of Stoke City players past and present are making their own way in the world.

There’s Harvey Barnes, son of Paul, at Leicester.

Liam Delap, son of Rory, at Manchester City – although he hasn’t taken a throw-in since he was in the under-10s. There’s Harrison Biggins, son of Wayne, at Fleetwood Town, with Mike Sheron’s nephew Nathan Sheron.

In the Stoke youth set-up, keep an eye out for the sons of Mama Sidibe, Carl Dickinson, Stephen Ireland and Ryan Shawcross among others.

And at Middlesbrough, one of their most highly-rated prospects is Calum Kavanagh, son of former Stoke midfielder Graham Kavanagh.

There has been recent speculation that Kavanagh Junior, a 16-year-old striker for Republic of Ireland’s junior teams, is being watched by Arsenal and Chelsea.

But his dad insists they will take a “long term view” over his future.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that speculation is genuinely just speculation,”  said Kavanagh Snr, in an interview with Wales Online.

“There might be truth in that, I don’t know, but I certainly wouldn’t let him get carried away with it. Those clubs are obviously huge clubs. Financially they are in a different league to most of the clubs so they can buy who they want.

“That is magnificent in one respect but then it’s a little tougher to make the grade at those clubs. So, if they were to come in and make an offer then obviously we would have to discuss it and see.

“Calum is always of the opinion that he wants to have a career and wherever that career is he’ll decide. It’s about having a long-term view.

“But he’s obviously doing something right if he’s getting attention off Chelsea and Arsenal. So we will see what the next stage is.”

Asked whether there had been any contact from Arsenal or Chelsea, Kavanagh replied: “Not as far as I’m aware.”

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are keen to tie the youngster – who has already been playing for the under-18s – to a longer contract.

“Middlesbrough are speaking to him about a contract, as they have been for the last number of weeks,” said his dad.

“We will have to see where that goes and what happens with that.”

He added: “For the age he is at and what he is doing, he is certainly a better prospect than I was at that age.

“He’s got a great mindset, is very professional, very driven and tough, mentally strong. He’s definitely got a chance.”





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