Leeds United target Elkan Baggott is a huge Ipswich Town talent but moving from League One to the Premier League is a big ask for any player.
That is according to Darren Bent, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge after this website exclusively revealed that Leeds are locked in a battle with West Ham to sign the 6ft 5in 18-year-old.
Bent believes the centre-back’s pedigree in coming from a team with a proud tradition of producing young talent will stand him in good stead but he should avoid making the jump to the top-flight too prematurely.
In a second Baggott dispatch, Football Insider revealed that a £300,000 bid will be enough to land the player this month.
Bent told Football Insider: “I love Leeds’ [transfer] approach. He’s very, very good. I still speak to a number of people at Ipswich and they’ve been raving about him.
“Ipswich have always been great at developing youngsters. It started with George Burley and Bobby Robson. George Burley’s motto was: ‘If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.’
“I think he [Baggott] will fare very, very well but he’s still only young, there’s still time for him.
“League One to the Premier League is a big jump. There’s only so many players that can do that
“If you go to a Premier League side, you’re gonna be around Premier League players and the experience you get from that is gonna be massive.
“But I always think that it’s more important for a player to play football. I hate under-23s football because it’s not real football.
“I could have gone to the Premier League two or three years before I did, but I wasn’t ready. I honestly think that you can make the step up too early and it can hinder you.
“I had three or four seasons playing every single week in the Championship, so I was battle-tested.”
Baggot has made just one senior appearance in his career thus far, getting 90 minutes against Gillingham in the EFL Trophy.
Born in Bangkok, the teen sensation has also been capped two times by Indonesia Under-19s.