Simpson expects Hewitt exit
Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson admits he expects teenager Elliott Hewitt to leave the club in January.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 09/11/11 11:51am
Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson knows that keeping hold of highly-rated teenager Elliott Hewitt beyond January is going to be extremely difficult.
The 17-year-old defender has caught the eye with a string of solid displays for both club and country this season, earning his first Wales Under 21 caps in the past few months.
The likes of Manchester City, Blackburn, Fulham and Manchester United have already enquired about the starlet and Simpson told skysports.com that the youngster is worth all the hype.
"I'd be lying if I said that I felt he would still be here at the end of January because the amount of interest the lad has caused, with 20-30 scouts at our games watching him and quite a few of those from the Premier League, is phenomenal.
"He's only 17, playing regularly in the Football League, part of the Wales Under-21 squad and in terms of the full-back area there isn't much better players out there in the lower divisions in my opinion.
"What he will be like in a couple of years time God only knows because the kid has got unbelievable abilities.
"He can run his socks off all day and is tremendously quick, plus he will get bigger and stronger in time, so if I was at one of the top clubs in the country I definitely would be looking at him.
"It is only a matter of time before one club makes an offer because we've already had enquiries about him and once one shows their hand I'm sure a good few more will follow suit.
"I don't want to stand in the boy's way and as I've told his parents all I want to do is make sure that the boy has a choice and then he can decide where he wants to go.
"A club like Macclesfield might come across a boy like him once every 20 years and he certainly has the potential to play at the highest level and we are just waiting to see who will make the first move come January.
They've all been watching, but no one has actually come to us and started talking money yet.
"I'd love to keep him here, but I just think that there is too much interest in him for that to be possible."