Premier League champions keen on Millwall academy starlet

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MILLWALL academy starlet Junior Tiensia is reportedly a target for Premier League champions Chelsea.

Liverpool and Manchester City are also thought to be interested in signing the 14-year-old, according to The Daily Mail.

Tiensia is only 14 so under the rules of the Elite Player Performance Plan, the Lions could receive around only £56,000 in compensation for the player.

Fees are dependant on time spent at a club as well as the status of each academy.

Millwall’s academy was awarded category two status in 2013 with re-assessment occurring every two years.

Jay Taylor

(@jay_taylor18)

28 thoughts on “Premier League champions keen on Millwall academy starlet

  • May 11, 2015 at 11:04
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    Millwall will receive £56,000 and Chelsea will end up either letting the player languish in their reserves or sell him on for a few million quid... Still its a testament that our Academy and youth scouting is getting better and back to producing quality young players for the present and future

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    • May 11, 2015 at 11:09
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      @Bexley_Lion: at that age there is no guarantee he will be worth more than £56K after languishing in the reserves. #whereschernosamba

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      • May 11, 2015 at 11:13
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        @glyngo: just read Cherno Samba's wiki page and it certainly does match my recollection of his Millwall career before heading off to Liverpool reserves.....allegedly we turned down a £2M offer and guaranteed him 3 years senior football. Did I miss that?????

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        • May 11, 2015 at 11:39
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          @glyngo: David Amoo went Liverpool and since his move has slowly made his way down the leagues to Carlisle! Worth the move! Fred would be the example to follow for our current youth - knows he needs to play and knows that won't happen at the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea!

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          • May 11, 2015 at 13:17
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: quite right, I was thinking of David Amoo. Still did we really turn down 2M for Cherno???? Seems incredible.

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          • May 12, 2015 at 09:35
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            @TheBermondseyBomber:
            @glyngo:
            David Amoo's brother, Chris Amoo, now he Was 'The Real Thing'*

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        • May 11, 2015 at 13:31
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          @glyngo: I don't know but if that's true we're mugs! I refuse to believe we sold Morison for similar money yet held on to Cherno Samba that's nuts!

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          • May 11, 2015 at 23:42
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            @TheBermondseyBomber:
            Cherno was years ago so can't remember the details too much, but he did play for the England youth team and was very highly rated so it's not unbelievable to think maybe we did turn down the money. Although given our history, I would say it's unlikely! We've always sold players on the cheap, so I can't imagine us turning down an offer like that.

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  • May 11, 2015 at 11:16
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    Someone at the club should be pushing for a better deal £56k and a scoreboard after all they are sponsored by Samsung , just a thought .

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    • May 11, 2015 at 13:12
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      @mfc2u: I like the idea of a new scoreboard - its embarassing that we can't replace it.

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        • May 11, 2015 at 14:58
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          @timchimes: the way we've been conceding goals you would need to be from Norwich to keep track if your using your fingers.

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      • May 11, 2015 at 16:57
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        maybe we should all chip in so the next one we get is not black n white seems to be taking ages to replace ? @Micky Lions:

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  • May 11, 2015 at 11:26
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    £56k for a promising youngster who will never develop at a big club is pathetic!
    That's why there is such a big gap in established prem teams and the lower half and championship clubs, it's a no brainier for one of the big boys too take a punt at £56k, if it doesn't work out, they don't give a f*** and will move in to the next starlet!

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    • May 11, 2015 at 11:42
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      @dpendet: Definitely! The compensation payable to the likes of Millwall for youth is a snip for any premier league club! They're less likely to be developed when brought in for such a modest outlay! As I said earlier - David Amoo is a prime example! Not forgetting Tom Kilby!

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  • May 11, 2015 at 12:30
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    From a purely practical point of view, if he is drawing attention from the big clubs he will want to get away, so it would be better for Millwall to open the dialogue with a view to getting some decent standard loan players from a bigger club in the future

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  • May 11, 2015 at 13:31
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    This is a well known tactic of the big clubs to scavenge potential promising youngsters like trawling fish only to throw those who do not meet their standards back in the sea.
    I remember many big clubs were keen to get Tedd Sheringham, Kevin O' Callaghan and Phil Babb as youngsters but they wisely chose to remain at Millwall. This young lad should do the same, make it at Millwall and then wait for a big bid for which he will get a nice percentage and the club will be well compensated.
    However its a shame the days of loyalty have largely gone and the money bags rule the game.

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  • May 11, 2015 at 13:56
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    56K what a bloody joke This is what pssses me off about the "Premier" teams nick all potential talent wont let them develop at lower levels They want all the money to pay ridiculous salaries to a handful of overpaid fairies who fall over and scream at the slightest nudge let this lad grow and play some real football if he then becomes something special come and nick him then.

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  • May 11, 2015 at 14:31
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    The rules are stacked against us. It costs too much for just about any club outside of the PL to run a Cat 1 Academy. Even Watford, who most people would say run one of the best, downgraded to Cat 3 on costs grounds a couple of years ago. Next Geography is against us. We have to compete with 15 other teams in London. Lotus-Cheek made his debut for Chelsea yesterday. He is from Lewisham! get my point? Our catchment area is congested. Finally, all small clubs can be picked off too easily under this system but that's no surprise as they devised the rules. Imagine what Mum and Dad say when Chelsea or Arsenal want to sign your 14 year old son when he is on the books at Millwall or Leyton Orient.

    There is one way to try and attract and keep the best young players. Let them see that they have a chance of playing in the first team, here, not on loan at Cheltenham or Wimbledon. This is what has made the Southampton academy so great over the years. Kids know that they will play if they are good enough, not get shunted out on loan until they are 21 or 23!.

    So, Harris has to play of these kids. He says he will, I hope he does. And if he does, don't expect instant success. This route is a long hard slog. Have we got the patience?

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    • May 11, 2015 at 15:18
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      @Glasshalffull: reality is if a club like Chelsea comes in with an offer he'll grab it with both hands!

      Unless he's a wall fan from a wall supporting family who can honestly say that as a 14 year old you would turn down an approach from Chelsea? Or any Prem club for that matter, we are 3rd tier now after all. I know I'd take it, at 14 you'd be thinking I can tell all my mates I'm at Chelsea, champions of England, start thinking that I'd soon make it into the 1st team, playing with world class players, champions league etc.

      Of course what's likely to happen is very different and unless he's incredibly smart and realistic or has sensible parents to say it to him straight is this:

      You can stay at Millwall, work your way up through the -16s, 18s, 21s and break into the 1st team if you continue to show the 'potential' (which is all it is his age) then you will be allowed to move to a Prem for a big money move when you'll actually be ready.

      Or, as I suspect will happen.

      You go to Chelsea or whoever, maybe remain on the books for a few years and then might be offered a contract if you're lucky before being loaned out to several Lower league teams before eventually signing at one of them.

      I hope someone mentions to this lad that the Chelsea academy has produced the sum total of one John Terry that has currently made it into the Chelsea starting 11. Not exactly liking those odds kid.

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      • May 11, 2015 at 16:43
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        @MFC Lion: We are not disagreeing. The only card we can play in the bad hand we hold is to persuade the kids - and their mums and dads - that spending 5 years at Cobham, competing with one hundred other wannabes and then getting loaned out to strangers is not as appealing as having a chance to be playing first team football at 18 and perhaps being spotted - just like Teddy did. Need a lot more Teddy's though!

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        • May 12, 2015 at 08:22
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          @Glasshalffull: they say that at 21 a successful pro should have played 100 first team games, can you see that happening at Chelsea or Millwall? It's obvious really isn't it.

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  • May 11, 2015 at 19:03
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    I was just wondering if it would be better to save the 2 1/2 million we pay for our academy and just spend it on proven players, rather than find youngsters and let the prem clubs cherry pick them for nothing.

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    • May 12, 2015 at 08:23
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      @corunna17: that's exactly what we did 5 years ago, and see what a fine mess you got us into Stanley..,...

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  • May 11, 2015 at 19:17
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    Whats the point of having good academy when we give all players away before there bolox have even.droped

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