Nottinghamshire Live have claimed that Nottingham Forest have pipped Leeds United to the signature of Northern Ireland Under-17 captain Dale Taylor from David Healy’s Linfield side.
Taylor, 16, has already played numerous times for Healy’s senior team and is the latest of a crop of youngsters to have impressed for the Northern Irish outfit. Taylor’s name instantly became renowned when he scored aged just 15.
The Northern Irish league is becoming somewhat of a scouting pool for big clubs. The Yorkshire Evening Post recently claimed Leeds were beating both Liverpool and Tottenham to sign another Linfield starlet – Charlie Allen.
Rangers have signed Charlie Lindsay from Glentoran, as one of their four summer signings. Now, the latest report claims Forest have beaten Leeds to the signing of powerful ace Taylor – who has four Under-17 caps for his country.
Healy has said: “He has a really bright future. Dale’s a chunk of a lad and is a strong, tough boy. He’s a Tiger’s Bay boy and is from an area where you need to be tough mentally. Dale has all the attributes. He is a talented boy.”
TBR’s view – Leeds have plenty of young, talented strikers
Ryan Edmondson is what Taylor is, but a couple of years older. Unfortunately for Edmondson, among numerous injuries, he does not seem to be the kind of striker that Marcelo Bielsa likes to use.
Powerful, and arguably a target man, Edmondson has shown he is excellent in the air for the Under-23 side – but Bielsa’s sides would rather a striker that can do a bit of everything. That could explain Forest’s victory in the race for Taylor, then.