Could Tendayi Darikwa follow Jordan Bowery and swap League Two Chesterfield for the Premier League after the striker's transfer to Aston Villa at the start of the season? To find out, talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has the lowdown on the Spireites whizzkid.
Name: Tendayi Darikwa
Date of birth: 13/12/91
What's the latest?
As reported in talkSPORT, Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton will fight it out for the signing of 21-year-old starlet Tendayi Darikwa. “Tendayi is a fantastic talent and we would never stand in the way of a player from moving to a Premier League club,” Chris Turner, Chesterfield's chief executive said.
The nitty gritty:
Darikwa graduated from the Chesterfield academy having joined when he was 16 as a right-back and has since been converted to a more attacking role. He signed his first professional deal with the Spireites in 2010.
He has been a regular in the side this season and fans have lauded for his consistency throughout the campaign. He was rewarded by the Football League when named December's Young Player of the Month.
Darikwa is the best young talent since Kevin Davies according to some Chesterfield fans, who have seen their club focus more energy on emerging talent with two football development schools now open.
He made his debut in an FA Cup clash at Burton in November 2010 when he replaced Deane Smalley with just over half and hour to go. He made his league debut in Chesterfield's 1-0 defeat at Notts Country last season and this season has made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals
His displays of pace and all round skill has led to the presence of Premier League scouts at the Proact Stadium and his employers can expect a fee of around £2m for a player who signed a three-year deal with Chesterfield in November.
What is being said?
“A lot of top clubs have been tracking him for quite a while and it is no surprise - Tendayi is a player with exceptional potential who deserves to play at the very top.”
- Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner
"I don't think he is very good. I think everyone should leave him alone. I think he is going backwards at the minute.”
- Chesterfield manager Paul Cook jokes when discussing the interest in his highly-rated player
“It has been a great season for me personally. I'm a hard worker and believe if you do that then you will get your rewards, but this season has gone well for me. I will just keep working hard o get to highest level I can, which is obviously the Premier League.”
Would you like to see Darikwa given a chance in the Premier League?