Crystal Palace are reportedly among the clubs interested in securing the services of 19-year-old Brentford whizkid Nathan Young-Coombes.
According to The Sun, Brentford are facing a battle to keep hold of Nathan Young-Coombes. The 19-year-old prodigy has emerged as a target for multiple English clubs following his impressive performances in the youth competitions, with Crystal Palace and Southampton among the clubs interested in securing his services.
A right winger by trade, Young-Coombes is yet to make a breakthrough in professional football with Brentford. He currently plies his trade with the club’s reserve team, but he has raised many eyebrows with his performances in the youth leagues, with many regarding him as a future prospect in the Premier League.
Formerly of Rangers, Young-Coombes was on the books of Crystal Palace during the early stages of his career. He moved to Chelsea for a brief period before eventually joining the Rangers academy in 2019. After a couple of years with the Scottish giants, the youngster was signed by Brentford last summer.
The 19-year-old whizkid’s dynamism in the final third, coupled with his versatility in attack, has been well-documented. Although he is yet to appear in a single competitive game for the Bees, he has featured in the matchday squad multiple times, including in the recent 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
As we head towards the final phase of the campaign, one would expect Young-Coombes to be given his much-awaited professional debut by coach Thomas Frank. The youngster may add that additional spark in the frontline, potentially building a solid attacking combination with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Ivan Toney.
However, the winger’s spell at Brentford might soon be over, with his former team Crystal Palace keen on re-signing him in the upcoming summer transfer window. It is no secret that the Eagles are gunning for attacking reinforcements amid the uncertain future of emerging playmaker Michael Olise.
Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for attacking phenom Ben Brereton, who could be a decent alternative for their goalscoring options up front. In Nathan Young-Coombes, coach Patrick Vieira may also find himself an ideal alternative for the wide players, including Wilfried Zaha, whose contract expires at the end of next season.
The Eagles, though, must be wary of Southampton’s interest, especially given their reputation for developing young talents.