Reported Leeds United target Michael Olise “can be a top player in the Premier League”, according to one of his teammates.
The Reading academy graduate is one of the most highly rated youngsters in English football at present.
According to a report in The Sun from January, Leeds tried to sign Olise in the summer and remained keen on him going into the winter transfer window.
Meanwhile, a December report in The Athletic claimed Tottenham Hotspur have been watching the 19-year-old for some time.
And 90Min reported late last year that Reading value the playmaker in excess of £30million.
Olise looks a cut above in the Championship despite his age, with four goals and nine assists from 33 league appearances this season.
Michael Morrison has told Sky Sports that Reading boss Veljko Paunovic has been key to the youngster’s development and reckons he’s got what it takes to shine at the highest level.
“He is lucky to have a manager who supports him, sometimes plays him inside, sometimes plays him outside, knows when to rest him, doesn’t put too much pressure on him to carry the team every week,” he said.
“When you have young talent like that it can be easy to overuse it.
“The manager has also been on to him to make sure that his mentality is right and he achieves everything he can because I would say that he can be a top player in the Premier League.
“If he works hard now he could get a move to one of the top Premier League teams.
“I am sure he is good enough for that and I know there is a lot of interest. We are lucky to have him but he still needs that game time and this is a really good place for him to be at the moment.
“He is playing in a good team and I think that has really helped him. As long as he keeps his head down and works as hard as he has been doing, he can go to the very top.”
Olise played for both Chelsea and Manchester City at youth level but he’s made the breakthrough at Reading, where he’s quickly becoming one of their main stars and assets.
Already a France Under-18 international and with his contract taking him to 2022, he’s likely to be the subject of a lot of transfer gossip next year given his talent and chance to develop further.
And with Morrison tipping Olise for a big future, Leeds should certainly be keeping tabs on such a talented young player.