This week the Premier League emphasised the importance of clubs giving young British players a chance to breakthrough to the first team by instigating a squad cap of 25 players and a quota on home-grown players from next season.
However, much to Richard Scudamoreâ€™s chagrin, this initiative will not stop Premier League clubs from trying to poach the best, the most skilful and the youngest players from around the globe. Just two days after the launch of the initiative, Everton have handed a trial to 17-year-old Nicolas Millan.
The Chilean is best known for becoming the youngest ever player to make his professional debut in his home league when he came on substitute for Colo Colo against Santiago Wanderers at the tender age of fourteen years and nine months. This has been his solitary professional appearance to date, although he has been loaned out Rivadavia for the forthcoming season.
Millan’s playing style has been compared to that of Cristiano Ronaldo as he is predominately right footed and plays as a wide-man. He possesses incredible close control and due to his low centre of gravity, giving him the ability to twist and turn out of tight situations. Unsurprisingly, he loves his step-overs and he has added the trademark Ronaldo flick, which enables him to change direction in a split section. However whereas Ronaldo stands at 6 ft 1 inches and scores plenty of headed goals the Chilean though stands at a meager 5ft 7inches.
As with most exciting prospects his potential has not gone unrecognised by European scouts and he has already had a trail at transfer embargoed Chelsea and Inter Milan are rumored to be interested in the young midfielder.
A trial does not necessarily lead to a transfer but it seems that David Moyes is trying to jump to the head of the queue should Millan become available. With his club knowing that there are some big suitors out there a bidding war could emerge, but if Moyes can develop a relationship with the player he may be able to negotiate a lower price.
Unfortunately we do not have any video evidence of his professional debut but we can bring you footage from 2005 of him playing in the youth team (watch here).