Ex-England boss knows Derby will struggle to keep hold of Will Hughes…
Derby’s new boss Steve McClaren admits it will be difficult to keep hold of prodigal midfielder Will Hughes, with Liverpool and Manchester United circling, reports the Express.
The 18-year-old is one of the most highly rated prospects in the country, and bagged a goal at the weekend during a 3-1 win over Leeds United in the Championship.
His new boss understands that Hughes’ talent means he won’t stay at Pride Park for long.
“Our job is to make sure he makes it,” said McClaren.
“Eventually he will be too good. What we need behind that is player coming through to replace him.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sent scout Dave Fallows to check out the youngster during England Under-21s demolition of Scotland Under-21s earlier in the season, and he was mightily impressed with what he saw of the elegant midfielder.
With club captain Steven Gerrard 33-years-old, Rodgers could be looking at the Derby wonderkid is a long-term replacement, and a £10m bid could secure the midfielder.
Manchester United are also circling however, and boss David Moyes has shown with his treatment of Adnan Januzaj that he is prepared to throw young players in at the deep end if they’re good enough.