George Hall wants to stay at Birmingham City despite Leeds United interest
Young midfielder George Hall has decided he wants to stay at Birmingham City despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs including Leeds United, according to Alan Nixon.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Sunday, the Sun journalist reported that Leeds, Southampton are Brighton are among the “main” contenders in the race to sign the 17-year-old attacking midfielder.
However, it is understood that he’s keen to stay at St Andrew’s as he feels there’s more of a chance he’ll get first-team football there in the near future.
Hall needs to do some homework
If Hall wants first-team football as soon as possible then we can understand why he would want to stay at Birmingham.
Blues have brought through some great young players in recent years with Jude Bellingham easily the most exciting of the lot.
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Demarai Gray and Nathan Redmond are among others to have emerged from the West Midlands club’s academy and Hall could be the next.
The 17-year-old is currently in the England Under-18s squad and has played twice for them in this international break against the Netherlands and Belgium.
He’s also played five times for Birmingham’s Under-18s this season, scoring one and supplying one assist.
Speaking about Hall last season, Birmingham’s academy chief Mike Dodds said: “He was a very versatile player in the younger age groups before holding down a regular position in the centre of midfield in his Under-16 season.
“Athletic and box-to-box, he has started to show good signs of progression both technically and tactically.”
Hall will turn 18 in January and will want to be playing more Under-23s football soon and at Leeds, he could have that.
Marcelo Bielsa’s thin senior squad means there’s a good path to the first-team at Elland Road with Lewis Bate showing that this season since joining from Chelsea in the summer.
Hall is someone who could do a job at Elland Road so he should reconsider his decision to stay at debt-ridden Birmingham should an offer come in from the Whites.
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