Birmingham City starlet Koby Arthur has a choice to make between signing for the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City, or staying at with his current club.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are closely following the progress of Birmingham City youth striker Koby Arthur.
When illustrious clubs such as Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal indicate interest in signing a young player, it is easy to forget just how big a decision it is for their future.
Koby Arthur is yet to make a senior appearance for Birmingham City, but already the big clubs are eyeing the 17 year-old as a prospect for their teams, and the choice he and his club make will greatly influence his development.
There are generally two arguments in these cases.
The first: move to the bigger club and improve by training alongside better players with better facilities. First team opportunities might be harder to come by due to better competition within the squad, but when the breakthrough is made, the opposition is also of a higher standard, and therefore development ought to be at a faster rate.
On the other hand, gaining experience at a lower level before moving has its merits. Young England goalkeeper Jack Butland recently turned down a transfer to Chelsea in order to move to Stoke, because he felt he had a better chance of usurping Asmir Begovic in the Potters starting XI than either Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois in the long term at Stamford Bridge.
Koby Arthur has a choice to make, and it is the biggest of his short career to date.