Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie has said Ethan Laidlaw should stay at Easter Road amid interest from big clubs like Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s team handed the striker a week-long trial this season while Manchester United are after him on a similar basis. Laidlaw isn’t the first Hibees academy player to receive interest this season, first-team regular Josh Doig also linked to Leeds United while goalkeeper Murray Johnson is a target for Premier League clubs.
Mathie believes there’s a first-team pathway for Laidlaw (EEN): “If I send Ethan to train with another club, I’m doing so because I have agreed to allow him to experience training opportunities at other clubs. I have no interest in selling him at all. None. Because I think he’s got an opportunity to progress at our club.
“He’s far better off staying at Hibs with a pathway to the first team than he is going somewhere else and messing about playing youth team football. There are very few, if any young players – Billy Gilmour may be the one exception – who have left Scotland at 16 and made it to be a top first-team player.
“So the conversations I have now about Josh Doig, for example, are entirely different to the conversations I have about Ethan and Murray. It’s not for me to tell a family or a young child what they can and can’t do but I would always paint a picture.
“Don’t mither to go and become a youth team player somewhere else before you really consider what you’re signing up for. And that’s where we’re at with Ethan. He is a player who we think is going to go into the first team. And if he does, it’s an entirely different conversation.”
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