Ryan Gauld has calmed speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League this year because he is unsure if it is the right move for his career and believes remaining with Dundee United is the best move for him.
The 17-year-old was named SPFL Young Player of the Month for November and has scored four goals in ten appearances for Dundee United in his breakthrough season in the Scottish Premier League.
Dubbed the ‘mini Messi’, Gauld is a burgeoning talent with lightning dribbling and ferocious pace which has made him one of the most exciting players to watch in the SPL but speaking to Scotland Mad, he insisted that he would have to really consider if a move to England was the right thing for him to do should a club come in for him.
“If I were to move from Dundee United, I would have to think about what’s best for me,” he said.
“Playing abroad would be the best culture of football for me to play in. At the moment I think I need to stay at Dundee United to progress. To be the best I can be, I need to be playing first-team games.
“If English Premier League clubs came calling now I would have to think what’s best for me four or five years down the line. If I was to go down there I would have to seriously consider what my chances were of playing first-team football and if I was stuck in the reserves would I enjoy that?
“I can’t just think that it is a big English club and I should jump at the chance to sign for them. I would really need to sit down and weigh it all up and think about what’s best for me in the long term.”
Gauld is right that he wouldn’t get much if any first team action with United but as a player, there are few better academies in England to progress.
What he would be able to get involved with at United as well as the Under-18s is the new Under-19s UEFA Youth League that would give him a taste of European football from a young age, an experience which could help him progress much faster.
United have sent scouts on multiple occasions to watch Gould in action and there is no doubting his ability. It is now a case of whether United want to make a move for him and if they do, deciding between bringing him to Carrington or loaning him straight back to Dundee United in the same way they did with Wilfried Zaha.