Aston Villa have completed the signing of teenage prodigy Ben Chrisene and, judging by the comments made by some Exeter fans, the Villans have snapped up a real gem.
Chrisene became Exeter’s youngest ever player last August when came on as a substitute in the League Cup loss to Coventry at the age of 15 years, seven months and one day, beating Ethan Ampadu’s record.
Exeter boss Matt Taylor told BBC Sport after the match: “He’s going to play at the top level, it’s as simple as that.
“What that top level is for Ben, he’s 15 years old, I can’t tell you that yet. But I think he’ll play at a top, top standard of football.”
Last year, Devon Live reported that Chrisene had trialled with Liverpool, and the same outlet reported last January that the Reds, Chelsea, Leeds United, Southampton and even Bayern Munich were all linked with him.
However, Villa have now won the race for Chrisene’s signature for an undisclosed fee, Exeter announcing the move and praising the Premier League club for being “very professional and fair in their dealings”.
Though Chrisene is going into the Villa academy and won’t be seeing first-team football just yet, what some Exeter fans have been saying about him bodes well for the future:
Nah I haven’t but based on the fact he regularly plays for England at academy level and he’s been scouted by teams like Bayern and Liverpool I’m gonna guess he’s not bad
— 🏴🇫🇷 (@ecfcjake17) August 19, 2020
Another one off the city conveyor belt
— dominic carswell (@CarswellDominic) August 19, 2020
honestly hasn’t played enough games for us to have a fair assessment but obviously has potential.
— Antony Wilson (@antastico) August 19, 2020
He is considered better than Ethan Ampadu at his age according to City coaches.
— Andy Gardner (@AndyGcrime) August 19, 2020
Highly rated amongst those at our academy but not really played enough first team games to say – looks promising and lots of clubs at the highest level reportedly wanted him.
— Grecian1901 (@grecian1901) August 19, 2020
Soooooo… if Aston Villa were fair in their valuation and contribution to Chrisene’s transfer fee, who we getting on loan from them for the season as a gesture of goodwill? #ecfc
— Josh (@_JoshDenham) August 19, 2020
He played about 30 mins for us in total but had Liverpool and Munich sniffing around I believe. Keep in mind Watkins and Ampadu as well as Matt Grimes have all come from our academy in recent years, he’ll have had a good grounding.
— Ryan Greenaway (@ryangreenaway) August 19, 2020