Crystal Palace have added to their academy ranks with the signing of highly-rated England Under 17 international Nya Kirby.
Having originally been on the books at Tottenham, Kirby was reported to have left them over the summer before enjoying spells with both Chelsea and Arsenal. Clearly, despite the prestige attached to all three of those clubs, Kirby himself has been keen to keep his options open with news now breaking to suggest that he has in fact signed professional terms with Crystal Palace instead.
Born in January of 2000, (I bet that made you feel old) Kirby’s stylish play is almost certain to make an instant impression on you. Easily recognisable thanks to a huge mop of hair, his comfort in possession stands out within the first few seconds of the video attached above, leaving no one in any doubt over why he has spent time on the books of three London rivals already.
Whilst there are now frequent grumbles from within the Palace fan-base over our lack of youth development in recent years, we should commend the club for the signing of Kirby, a player who could just go on to become a first-team regular in years to come if he is prepared to work hard in a bid to earn professional recognition in the early stages of his time in SE25.
Of course, watchers of the first-team are unlikely to see Kirby for at least a year or two at the very earliest but in a landscape that has become more and more obsessed with big-money signings in each and every transfer window, there is a lot to be said for a deal such as this taking place. It may not have recieived a great deal of attention in recent seasons but those behind the scenes in Palace’s academy are clearly still striving for perfection.