It would an ambitious move to write off an 18 year old, however it’s not unfair to suggest at least, that Ryan became fed up playing for Fulham, a side that were only just pipped in the awfulness stakes by Huddersfield Town.
The hackneyed line about ‘Pochetino is great with youth players’ is being wheeled out endlessly, yet the evidence for this is limited.
Poch is a fully paid up member of the Magic Circle, that’s not in doubt. Sure, Rose and Walker improved, but just how imbecilic their play was when the arrived provides sobering context. Bonzo has arguably improved more under Pep who keeps him disciplined. Rose still too often degenerates into s loose flywheel.
Is young Ryan a good punt? At £40million, he’d certainly be an expensive one.
I’m not fan of rooting through the detritus of other people’s plane-crashes. The twisted fuselage and mangled bodies usually tell their own tale.
At 18 there is hope at least, but not much else. I’m more interested to understand if this is a ‘Poch Pick’ and if so, why wasn’t it done sooner.