Crystal Palace have handed a trial to 16-year-old Irish striker Matthew Shelvin, in the hope of bringing him to SE25 on a permanent basis.
Despite interest from both Charlton Athletic and Celtic, Pardew and co. have acted quickly in getting the Ballymena frontman to commit to a trial with us, where, if he impresses, he is almost certain to be offered a long-term contract.
Having scored four times already this season, the A-level student played a starring role in his team’s 6-1 win over Cliftonville last weekend, hassling defenders constantly and winning three penalties in the process. Playing with the maturity of a 25-year-old according to his manager, Shelvin seemingly has every chance of making a serious mark in South London.
Despite his stunning start to life in the Ballymena first-team, you can be almost certain that the youngster would be forced to work his way up the ranks at Selhurst Park before being given a chance to shine by Alan Pardew, such is the depth we possess within the development squad in an attacking sense. That being said, Shelvin will seemingly have plenty of other offers on the table if we aren’t too enthusiastic over his long-term prospects with us.
It’s a trial we’ll keep an eye on with interest, given the hype surrounding the frontman so far.