Coventry City now has confirmed that they lost young talent Thierry Katsukunya to their Midlands rivals Aston Villa.
It was reported yesterday by athleticism that the Premier League side were set to snatch the 16-year-old Sky Blues defender for a ‘significant’ six-figure amount.
Describe as “tall and athletic” Katsukunya was spotted by Villa and impressed enough that the elite could make an approach for his services.
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With Katsukunya only 16, he was not tied to a professional contract by Coventry, meaning Villa was free to pay for his services as long as compensation was paid to the Championship team.
Katsukunya becomes the latest in a long line of young players from the Midlands clubs taken over by Villa recently – the most recent being Finn Azaz and Tim Iroegbunam of West Bromwich Albion, and although not directly from The Hawthorns, Louie Barry was once a Baggie before he moved to Barcelona and then returned to England.
It will be a disappointing loss for Coventry as Katsukunya clearly has some potential.
But when a player is 16 he is not guaranteed to become the player he can be presented as he is now, so only time will tell if the youngster achieves that goal.
Villa is however a club that gives young players a chance when they are ready – Carney Chukwuemeka, Jacob Ramsey and others had first-team opportunities in 2021 and Katsukunya could be in a few years.
However, you would imagine his first-team opportunities would be more apparent at Coventry in a few years, but the club will profit from any potential Villa sell-off like they did anyway. confirmed, they will therefore have a direct interest in its development.