Dan Cook has been speaking on the HLTCO podcast about Crystal Palace’s potential new signing Kerr Smith.
Crystal Palace’s academy was handed Category One status in summer 2020, with the Eagles revealing their brand new training facility in October, which was opened by former player Gareth Southgate.
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This may well help them attract top young talents and build for the future organically, and Scottish youngster Smith is an example of that, as the Dundee United man is tipped to join Crystal Palace this transfer window, having previously piqued the interest of several top-flight clubs including Leeds United.
Cook is excited by this potential signing of Kerr.
“We are really looking to bolster our academy strength, and there’s no real harm in that, in my opinion. It’s good that we have a potential deal here that’s going to see us steal a march on a club as historic and with so much pedigree as Leeds United.
“Of course, it hasn’t happened yet, but it seems as though all signs are pointing towards it actually taking place.”
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Smith is just 17 years old, so if and when he arrives at Selhurst Park, it’s unlikely that he will be coming into the club and challenging the likes of Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi for a starting spot.
However, the calibre of players that have come through Palace’s academy in recent years may well have convinced Smith to think about moving to the opposite end of the country in pursuit of Premier League football, and he will surely hope he can emulate someone such as Tyrick Mitchell, who is now a regular, if he agrees to join the Eagles.