‘They can steal those lads off us very, very cheaply because it suits them again doesn’t it’: Ian Holloway hits out at Liverpool and Chelsea as they line up a move for Grimsby youngsters
- Louis Boyd and Ben Girst, 15, made their debuts in the EFL trophy last month
- Their performances have gone noticed with interest from Liverpool and Chelsea
- Ian Holloway has launched an attack on both sides when questioned about it
Ian Holloway has launched an astonishing attack on Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea over their interest in Grimsby Town youngsters Louis Boyd and Ben Girst.
The two 15-year-olds are highly rated by Grimsby and were even including in their EFL Trophy game against Harrogate Town in September.
It has been reported that Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in the youngsters, though Holloway believes the clubs are taking an unfair advantage in their approach.
Ian Holloway has said he was ‘fuming’ to hear about interest in Grimsby’s youngsters
When asked about their interest he told Grimsby Live: ‘Am I surprised at that? No I’m not surprised at that. Am I fuming about it? Yeah.
‘These big wigs who want to take over football on the sly, they’ve already got rules passed that they’re category A clubs, and they can steal those lads off us very, very cheaply, because it suits them again doesn’t it?
‘Those rules were passed by who? The academy setup is run by people who have got enough money to have all those things in place to get a tick in the box for category A.
‘They’ve all got it because they’ve all got the money, and that means they can take those boys off me.
‘I want to play them when they’re 15 because they’re good enough, and when will they ever play for them? I’m going to have to wait and see.
‘I knew it would be a risk, but I don’t really care, because I care about those boys and I want to get them in my team, and I’ll teach them as good as any one of those clubs will, if not better in my opinion.
Holloway played both of the 15-year-olds in their EFL trophy match against Harrogate
‘That’s what I’ll be telling their parents. Whether they listen to me I don’t know, but I can prove one thing. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.’
Boyd became the club’s youngest ever debutant in the match against Harrogate, and also become the Marines’ youngest ever goalscorer during the 2-2 draw.
He then made his league debut a few days later off the bench against Walsall and was placed on a standby for England U17s training camp.
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