Brentford boss Dean Smith has raided former club Walsall to prize away teenage starlet Rico Henry, who he introduced to first team ranks when he was manager at the Bescott.
The deal sees the Bees paying the Saddlers £1.5 million up front and it could rise to £5,000,000.
Here’s a few insights into the Birmingham-born youngster tipped for big things in the game
1. Dean Smith has literally put his money where his mouth is
While still at The Bescot Stadium, Smith warded off reputed interest from the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool saying, “it’s going to take a hell of a lot of money to take Rico away from this football club.”
Brentford fans can be confident his faith in being the one to stump up such cash expresses his confidence in what he is getting.
2. All the signs of a rapid developer
Henry was given his debut by Smith at 17 and was a regular last season when just 18. He not only survived but thrived being named in the League 1 team of the year at left-back
3. Ranked in good company
He was nominated for Football League Young Player of the Season alongside Lewis Cook, then of Leeds and Moussa Dembele then of Fulham. Cook has since joined Bournemouth while Dembele has headed to Scottish Champions, all of which suggest it was time Henry too got an upgrade.
Henry was also in the League One team of the season and is the third player in that to join Brentford after John Egan and former Saddlers team-mate Romaine Sawyers.
4. Watch the shoulder
The youngster has suffered a dislocation of his shoulder twice already in his short career, the latest occurrence coming earlier this month against Oldham.
There is a belief it may yet need surgery but the club's medical team will monitor the case.
5. A Manchester United Fan
Henry’s twitter account shows he tweeted United’s stoppage time winner against Hull on Saturday thus – RASHFORDDDDDD!!!!!!