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Fan View: Forget Idris Kanu's future worth and enjoy watching a special Aldershot Town footballer

Recent months have a seen a number of youngsters grab headlines but Will Brown thinks the Shots have a very special player in Idris Kanu

In recent weeks we've seen a revival of plonking young players into the frenzied fray of professional football.

Prompting a widespread media outpouring of words such as potential, wonderkid and 'good enough, old enough’ attitude.

Karamoko Dembele was the first to shock and awe with his cameo for Celtic Under-20s at the age of 13.

In Turkey, 14-year-old Mustafa Kapi’s appearance for Galatasaray in a friendly against Levski Sofia achieved much the same jaw-dropping 'what was I doing at that age!?’ queries.

So, let's talk about Idris Kanu - our little slice of youth that had, when it turned out he was on trial with Manchester United’s U18s, received a whole host of clickbait assembled viral stories.

14-year old Mustafa Kapi makes his debut

16 years and 308 days on Planet Earth is all it took for Kanu to make his debut against Solihull Moors - the youngest player to do so for Aldershot Town in the league.

And as electric as those, now momentous, eight minutes may have been, the hype had begun.

His introduction in the Eastbourne Borough FA Cup tie was joyous.

Not since the day of Marvin Morgan being substituted in 2011 to widespread whooping - the rest of this story is resigned to the landfill of deleted tweets - had such excitement spawned from a change of personnel.

He didn't disappoint. His tricky directness and demeanour gave the North Hampshire air turbulence and, not forgetting, the noise once he steered the ball past Lewis Carey for his first professional goal.

The boy has talent. Bags of it stacked and vacuum-sealed in his legs - but quickly the talk becomes money.

First senior goal: Idris Kanu celebrates after scoring against Eastbourne

The £12,500 we could have won from beating Eastbourne is disappointing, of course. But, as with the above players the first question is how much is he worth.

For Dembele, Manchester City are lurking around Glasgow. For Kapi, it’s seemingly just a matter of time before he flees for Western Europe's riches.

Kanu? Well, he's ours. The product of shrewd business to sign him but to think of getting rid of him is to miss the best part.

We have the chance to turn this gifted lad into a good Aldershot player first and foremost so thought for future dollar almost ignores the football player we have in Kanu.


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