Crystal Palace have finally completed the signing of highly rated winger Jason Lokilo after receiving international clearance yesterday.
The 17-year-old Belgian had been attracting interest from Arsenal, where he had a trial, but it seems as though Palace were able to convince the former Anderlecht man that SE25 was the best place for him to develop in the coming years, as we look to embrace the attacking flair our academy has within its ranks.
Already showing an impressive grasp of the English language, Lokilo appears to be more than ready to buckle down and learn his trade under the watchful eye of Gary Issott, who will be the man to decide whether to place him into our U18 group of accelerate his progression and move him into the U21s immediately.
Whilst first-team football is still some way off, the recent form of players like Keshi Anderson, Sullay Kaikai, Ryan Inniss, Christian Scales and Hiram Boateng, all of whom have been enjoying loan spells in Leagues One and Two, bodes well for the future of our football club.
After a few lean years, it looks as if one or two of our brightest young prospects could be ready to make the initial step-up towards Alan Pardew’s squad in the not too distant future, which would please the vast majority of Palace fans immensely, given the reputation we hold throughout the English game for giving youth a chance to flourish.
Let’s hope that Jason Lokilo’s decision to shun Arsenal’s advances for a place at Selhurst Park works out well for both parties in the long run; he certainly appears to have a good deal of the tools needed to succeed.