Hibs players are attracting interest from Leeds United amongst several other big names south of the border – and they should go for top of the range prices, if the Easter Road club choose to sell.
Josh Doig is attracting interest from AC Milan and Leeds United after a stunning breakthrough season at Hibs while youngster Ethan Laidlaw is wanted by a host of English Premier League clubs, including the Elland Road outfit.
Martin Boyle, Jackson Irvine, Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous have all been linked with moves elsewhere while goalkeeper Ofir Marciano has left Hibs amid interest from Europe. Fellow goalkeeper Murray Johnson is another attracting Premier League interest.
Hibs hero Tam McManus believes that Hibs should aim to get the most out of their talents, with cash south of the border not in short supply (DR): “We’re bracing ourselves for the bring and buy sale which does my head in. Why are our best boys cheaply shunted down the road?
To be fair to Hibs, they’ve played hardball over the last 20 years when it comes to selling players to the highest bidder, right back to Scott Brown, Steven Fletcher and Kevin Thomson through to Kevin Nisbet in the last window. It can be a bit like pinning the tail on the donkey when it comes to the valuation of players.
English football is guilty of overrating their players and we’re just as bad for undervaluing ours. That needs to stop and it requires strong chairmen and chief executives to make that happen. Our clubs need to start putting premium prices on our best youngsters.
“I look at Hibs and a player like Josh Doig. He’s 18 and just had a fantastic season. If the same boy was playing with a Barnsley down the road they’d be talking upwards of £5million for him. That’s the going rate for a kid who’s played 40 games in the Championship and it’s bonkers when you compare like for like.”
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