Coventry City academy graduate Cian Harries featured for Liverpool’s development side on Wednesday evening, contrary to some reports, during the 6-0 victory away to Welsh outfit Bangor City. He is understood to have been invited for a trial period before any potential firm offer is made to lure him away from the Midlands.
The 19-year old central defender is one of the latest talents to roll off of the Sky Blues’ conveyor belt, and after making a number of first team appearances at the Ricoh Arena this season, it is no surprise to see a club of Liverpool’s stature eyeing up his signature.
Having watched Harries in action for both the youth team and the first team at City, he is a player I very much admire. Ball-playing defenders are often hard to come by nowadays, but he is arguably one of the best for his age across the country.
Being likened to Reds legend Alan Hansen by some is an honour in itself, but I fully believe Cian has the potential to reach the summit of English football. Of course, he is still a teenager and therefore has a lot to learn, but he boasts all of the attributes needed to be a top player. Can he emulate the success of Hansen? It would be impossible to tell at this early stage of his development, but coached correctly, I would back him to become a success.
Playing in the third tier this season, his physical frailties have been displayed on occasions where he has found himself up against man-mountains in attack. However, his technical ability has often caused Coventry fans, myself included, to wax lyrical about the sheer quality and composure that he possesses. If he does move to Anfield on a permanent basis, then I can only wish him the best of luck.
I don’t think any City supporter will want to see him go, but who can blame him? When a massive club like Liverpool come knocking, it is difficult to turn the opportunity down. Things didn’t work out for Conor Thomas, another Coventry academy prospect, when he earned a similar trial on Merseyside, but I envision things being different for Harries.
Whilst we will undoubtedly vent our frustrations at the owners if the deal does go through, we can’t say it wasn’t inevitable. The Reds have had him on their radar for some time – I just hope we can see any potential fee reinvested back into our side – unlikely, we realise that. You never know, he may not leave the club yet, but it looks likely if he impresses.
You could always see that both Harries and Ben Stevenson, another brilliant prospect that is rumoured to be departing, were technically superior to most at the club during their rise through the youth setup. If they do make what would be deserved moves, I really hope they achieve their ambitions and do Coventry proud.
I long for the day where we can hold on to our gems, but money talks. Unfortunately we are not able to do this and as a club we have always been forced to sell our up and coming stars, it’s just the way of life here I suppose, as it is for most sides at this level. We can’t fault the players, that is a certainty. I know what I would do…
However, I can’t deny that it is a painful sight seeing one of our contracted players donning the shirt of another club.