I’ll be brutally honest, I wasn’t expecting someone like him to be getting this much attention this early in his career.
And I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing.
According to a report from The Daily Mail, Fulham youngster Sylvester Jasper is wanted by ‘a host of Championship sides’ on a loan deal this season. The youngster made his debut earlier on this season during the defeat to Manchester City, and has since gone on to make two more cameo appearances in the Championship.
Jasper is a player that is highly touted at the club, and I feel that a loan out this season would be a benefit to him as we continue his development. I just think it’s odd that it’s Championship teams that are reportedly after him. I’ve seen him a couple of times in the youth setup, and whilst his talent is there to see, I just think that stage would be too much for him at this stage in his career.
Do you care about how well the academy does in competitions like the EFL Trophy?
I’d much rather he be sent out to a League One or Two club at this stage, just because I think the Championship would be too big of a step for him to make at this stage, and I don’t want him to be overwhelmed and have his development stunted by possibly being reduced to just another bench player in that division.
Much rather he goes to a league where he’d be allowed to flourish more and aid his development for us in the future. Similar to the path that Marek Rodak took by going to Rotherham first in League One and then helping them grow into a Championship side, then becoming one of the better Championship keepers.
He grows, the club he’s at grows, and in a couple of years of time, hopefully we’ll get a player that’s ready for the first team, something that’s been missing in recent years, with the exception of the aforementioned Rodak and arguably Marcus Bettinelli before him.
It’s all about making sure he’s comfortable throughout it all.