There is a tendency within football to provide a player with a label that can go in one of two ways; brilliantly or fail spectacularly.
The label is typically one that will suggest that the player can become the next so-and-so within the game, thus immediately putting a huge amount of pressure on that individual’s shoulders when they have not asked for it in the first place.
Of course, when fans hear a tag that sounds rather appealing, there will be many that will be keen on keeping a close eye on what happens, as they may decide to head to sites such as sportwetten-vergleich.at and place bets on what might happen in games that they are involved in.
The latest player to be given a huge label is Stoke City’s Harry Souttar, with Paddy Kenny having claimed that the Australian international could be “the next Harry Maguire”.
When speaking to Football Insider, the former goalkeeper said:
“He is an absolute giant and he has great potential.
“Stoke are doing well this season and he is playing really well. It’s the perfect place to make a name for yourself, the Championship.
“He’s a great age and playing alongside better players week in, week out in the Premier League will make him even better.
“He could be someone who comes through and ends up making a real impression.
“We’ve seen the likes of Maguire and Stones come from the Championship and end up playing for top clubs as well as the national team.
“I don’t see why Souttar couldn’t follow the same path at somewhere like Tottenham and be the next Maguire.”
Indeed, there appears to be plenty of interest in the 23-year-old defender at the moment, with reports having claimed that Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are all taking note of what he is doing and perhaps why such a claim has been made.
Both Everton and Spurs are understood to have scouted the defender this season, and whilst he has only recently signed a new contract to remain at the Bet365 Stadium for the long-term future, it does not appear to put the Premier League sides off.
So far so that reports by Spanish media outlet, Fichajes.net are claiming that the Toffees are already prepared to pay £24 million to have him on their books at Goodison Park as they look to bolster their defence.
Indeed, it will be interesting to see what happens in the near future and whether a move will take place in January, but there is no doubt that Souttar is a talent.
Will he be “the next Harry Maguire” though? Only time will tell.