Crystal Palace are believed to be on the verge of handing a deal to non-league sensation Randell Williams, following an impressive trial spell in SE25.
Having previously been plying his trade at Tower Hamlets, the 18-year-old appears to have really caught the eye of Alan Pardew and his coaching staff during his brief stint with us, prompting the club to ready an offer of a professional deal, amidst interest from a host of other clubs.
The former Tottenham trainee had previously enjoyed a trial with Reading before making his way to Palace, with both clubs seemingly keen to tie him down for the foreseeable future; with the ultimate decision now likely to rest in the hands of the teenager.
Non-league football has received a huge boost in recent months, thanks to the meteoric rise to prominence of Jamie Vardy at Leicester City, prompting countless other clubs to scour the lower leagues for another hidden gem. Indeed, Palace have picked up their fair share of potential stars over the last 18 months or so, with Williams looking increasingly likely to be the next man welcomed onto our books.
Unlikely to go straight into contention for a spot in the first-team should he sign on the dotted line, Randell would almost certainly tread the same path as the likes of Keshi Anderson, Sullay Kaikai, Jake Gray and others, who have all embarked upon loan spells at league clubs this season in a bid to gain some much needed competitive experience.
Let’s hope Randell makes the right choice in picking Palace; after all, we’ve got a pretty solid record when it comes to bringing young wide man through the ranks and into the first-team in years gone by.