In comments reported by The Scottish Sun, Hamilton boss Brian Rice has suggested Everton and Wolves target Jamie Hamilton has all the attributes to be a top player, but hinted that he should be focused on staying exactly where he is.
The Daily Mail reported last month that a number of Premier League sides want Hamilton. Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested. But they face competition from the likes of Southampton and Norwich City. Championship side Derby County also want the 17-year-old.
Accies boss Rice insisted that he was not surprised to see Hamilton linked with the clubs reportedly monitoring his situation. But he seemed to add that he believes that the teenager would be best off staying put.
“When you have a talent like Jamie you expect clubs to be linked with him,” he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun. “Whenever we have a young player in the team people come to have a look. They wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t.
“He has all the attributes needed for a good career. The good thing about Jamie is he’s level-headed, he’s a brilliant temperament. He knows he’ll get a chance to play first-team football here and speculation won’t faze him.”
Hamilton stands a better chance of playing regularly with his current club. He has made two appearances in the Scottish Premiership this term. And it would be no surprise if that tally increased significantly in the coming months.
But you could understand why he would be open to moving on. Southampton, Wolves and Norwich have excellent records of bringing young players through.
Meanwhile, Everton really appear to lack options at centre-back. While Marco Silva would surely not be looking at Hamilton as a player for the first-team if a deal was done in the near future, the teenager may not be as far away from the senior squad if he moved to Goodison Park as he perhaps should be.