Teenager David Turnbull has committed his future to his boyhood heroes Motherwell after signing a new deal until the summer of 2021. This is a great piece of business from the Steelmen to tie the youngster down.
Hopefully this puts an end to the interest, for the time being at least, from English clubs. Amongst potential suitors were former St Mirren manager Jack Ross’ Sunderland, Swansea City and Southampton according to the Daily Record.
The Saints have a relatively experienced recent history of taking players from Scotland. But they won’t be getting their hands on Turnbull in this window, despite his previous contract expiring at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old is enjoying an immense breakthrough season with the Well. Turnbull joined the Motherwell Youth Academy aged nine and was part of the Well team that won the Scottish Youth Cup in April 2016, beating Heart of Midlothian 5–2.
Turnbull made his senior Steelmen debut in February 2018, in a 2–0 victory away at Dundee in the Scottish Cup. Their run unfortunately came to an end after losing the final to Celtic. In May 2018, he made his first start and league debut in a 1–0 victory away to Partick Thistle.
This season he’s a standout
His breakthrough came to prominence on Halloween 2018, where the playmaker scored his first goal for Motherwell against St Mirren.
And just this month, he was the only goalscorer in two consecutive league wins in the space of four days, at home to Hibernian and away to Dundee. He’s their second top goalscorer in the league (5), only behind Danny Johnson (6).
He’s had quite the year. And long may it continue in the claret and amber of Motherwell.