Brighton and Celtic, according to the Daily Mail, are interested in Motherwell’s teenage sensation David Turnbull.
According to the report, Motherwell value their star man at around £3 million. The club’s record fee for a player was received in 1994, when Phil O’Donnell moved to Parkhead for £1.75 million.
Motherwell’s chief executive Alan Burrows has reiterated that the Fir Park side want a record fee for Turnbull. He posted on Twitter that it would take a bid ‘significantly more than our record fee’ for the Steelmen to think about parting ways with the youngster.
This is exactly the stance Motherwell should be taking. For a talent as good as Turnbull, a big record fee should be the only way Motherwell sell him.
Turnbull can only be sold on Motherwell’s terms
What has to be considered is the money being talked about. It would be a bold move for the Fir Park side to turn down say £2 million. That’s enough money for Stephen Robinson to bring in many new faces or upgrade their already impressive youth system.
Turnbull only became a first team regular in October. In the grand scheme of things he is still inexperienced, but as his performances have proven, he’s destined for the top.
15 goals from midfield in the league, at 19 years of age, is outstanding. What people outside of Motherwell don’t fully understand though is how pivotal he is to the Well’s general attacking play too.
Allan Campbell wins the ball in midfield for the Steelmen and gives it to Turnbull. From there, the 19-year old slows or speeds the game up at his will, with great composure and technical ability.
Anywhere within 25 yards of goal and Turnbull is likely to burst the net. Similarly, he’s pretty capable at finding a seemingly impossible pass like a needle in a haystack.
He’s the best young talent this country has to offer right now. If he was at a bigger club, Turnbull would be going for much more than the £3 million the Well reportedly want for him.
Turnbull will no doubt want to play on the biggest stage. At this time though, he should only leave Motherwell on the club’s terms.