The Football League revealed their nominees for Young Player of the Season and teams in the top-flight should be prepared to get their cheque books out now.
Moussa Dembele of Fulham, Lewis Cook of Leeds and Rico Henry of Walsall are all in the running for the award, with the accolade acting as a signal to stars of the future.
Last season Dele Alli won the award before going on to be integral in Tottenham Hotspur’s hunt for the Premier League, while five of the last tens winners have gone on to represent their country.
Indeed, along with Alli, previous Young Player of the Year recipients Nathaniel Clyne and Fabian Delph are likely to at least be considered for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.
Any of the three nominees have a realistic chance of winning it, meaning Premier League clubs should act as soon as possible to recruit them before interest increases.
At Fulham, Dembele has scored 14 goals in 38 Championship appearances and has stood out as one of the bright lights in an otherwise difficult campaign for the Cottagers, who are currently struggling in 17th.
The 19-year-old would be a particularly good signing for Manchester United, with the Red Devils scoring less than any other team in the Premier League’s top eight.
Furthermore, the French forward’s contract expires in the summer meaning United would only have to worry about covering tribunal costs and wooing Dembele now would ensure less competition from other suitors.
Meanwhile, Cook has only missed three league games for Leeds this term and at only 19 is already considered a key player for the Yorkshire club.
If the gossip columns are to be believed, Liverpool are clearly in the market for a young midfielder, so rather than looking abroad for a recruit they’d be better off boosting their home-grown player quota by signing this talented teenager.
Finally, Henry’s emergence at Walsall has coincided with the Black Country outfit’s unanticipated push for League One promotion.