According to L'Equipe, the 20-year-old will make the transfer to the League 1 side for around £1.8m.
Hornby looked at one stage as though he might have the goods to make the step up to Premier League grade and made his senior debut in the Europa League a couple of years ago but it now appears as though he is surplus to requirements and is about to become the latest young Blue to try his luck on the Continent.
Original Source: L'Equipe via Glasgow Times
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1 Posted 04/06/2020 at 19:31:17
2 Posted 04/06/2020 at 19:34:50
I think getting players out on loan earlier can help get them into the spotlight, presuming the loan goes well.
Best of luck to Hornby. He's a handful and I should think he'll make an effective target man somewhere down the line for someone.
3 Posted 04/06/2020 at 19:37:09
Still, a steady stream of Hornbys more than pays for the youth system and makes us a few quid. Hope we have decent sell-on clauses.
4 Posted 04/06/2020 at 20:27:07
Both probably had much better credentials than Hornby (although Bournemouth overpaid, clearly). Hornby looks okay, no great shakes apart from a nice long range lob for Scotland Under-21s. A few goals in Belgium probably merits the relatively small fee.
That said, with the right attitude (displayed by willingness to go overseas and learn / work his way up) it really wouldn't surprise me if he ends up with a decent career (even eclipsing Ibe and Solanke who both appear to have given up after showing early promise). Wish him all the best.
5 Posted 04/06/2020 at 20:45:00
£20m for Solanke was pretty crazy. Don't think he'd scored a single Premier League goal. I swear they get 20-50% more than they should.
6 Posted 04/06/2020 at 22:00:53
7 Posted 04/06/2020 at 22:50:00
8 Posted 05/06/2020 at 02:06:03
That said, I didn't think the price for Solanke was outlandish at the time -- he really did look a top-class talent at youth level. But we can all think of examples of spectacular U20s who never really cut it with the grownups.
9 Posted 05/06/2020 at 08:57:41
We will lose millions on Bolasie. Tosun and Niasse reportedly on £55/50k. Cuco £35k per week.
Is he that bad that they won't give him a chance to develop? Loan him out to the French side. The amount of money involved seems paltry to me for the return, are EFC so short of £2 Million?
10 Posted 05/06/2020 at 09:34:57
He's good at playing with his back to goal, holding the ball up, but none of the speed and ability to run wide we saw from Calvert-Lewin at a similar age. He doesn't look like a natural goalscorer.
In his favour is that he's still relatively new to the striker role, only a few seasons, so could continue to improve, as he learns more.
I wouldn't have the balls to make these very tough decisions on which youngsters we keep or let go but somebody has to. Simms is a far better prospect, with Lewis Dobbin coming along fast and Tom Cannon as well.
The reality is if one of those becomes a regular Premier League goalscorer we will be doing well statistically speaking. Good luck to him, I hope he does well.
11 Posted 05/06/2020 at 09:35:28
It's an extreme example but it can make the young players for those sides look like world-beaters when, in fact, they have proved much less. This gold-plated introduction could also be detrimental when having to face the real world, after being transferred, and having to fight for every single point.
These things have to be factored in when making any such signings, especially expensive ones.
12 Posted 05/06/2020 at 16:52:13
Good luck to him in his future.
13 Posted 05/06/2020 at 19:01:41
14 Posted 05/06/2020 at 19:14:39
15 Posted 05/06/2020 at 19:16:56
By the way, just in case you can't remember what it looks like, here's Sandro scoring. Twice in the three games right before the leagues stopped. The second one was a beauty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVkgCeYEOxQ at 2:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM62djZI1GI at 3:07
Rarer than rain in the Sahara.
16 Posted 05/06/2020 at 19:18:09
I read an article by Rogan Taylor a few years ago, in which he mentioned how much money Man Utd made by selling average players from their youth ranks for inflated fees. This was due to the fact that they were so dominant at the time they could give them a lot of exposure thus turning them into household names by virtue of the football media at the time.
17 Posted 05/06/2020 at 20:24:28
18 Posted 06/06/2020 at 09:00:00
Hand on heart, I am no longer sure of the Finch Farm development strategy and what 'good' looks like, what 'exceptional' looks like etc.
Seems we are producing one world-class player approx; every 20 years... Rooney stands head and shoulders above the rest of the players who've made it to the first team having come through the Everton youth development cycle. It makes you wonder what happens at Finch Farm...
On another note, Iversen looks a player in my opinion with some mentoring and coaching, I wonder if he'll make it?
All stay safe and well home and offshore, as the UK media suggests the Covid-19 R factor is now greater than 1 in the North-West and generally on the increase across the UK.
19 Posted 07/06/2020 at 10:27:54
Moise Kean springs to mind.
20 Posted 09/06/2020 at 12:37:39
If he's not going to get a sniff of the first team, then what's the point in hanging around? He's shown some ambition and should be applauded.
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