Liverpool and Chelsea ‘closely monitoring’ Grimsby Town youngsters Louis Boyd and Ben Grist as League Two club face £700k loss this season amid Covid-19 pandemic
- Midfielder Boyd became club’s youngest-ever debutant and scorer this season
- 15-year-old netted against Harrogate Town in the EFL Trophy last month
- Grist, also a midfielder, was an unused substitute in the game at Blundell Park
- Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly among a number of interested clubs
Liverpool and Chelsea ‘are among the top-flight teams closely monitoring Grimsby Town prospects Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.’
Midfielder Boyd became the League Two club’s youngest-ever debutant and goalscorer when he netted against Harrogate Town in the EFL Trophy on September 8. He was 15 years and 324 days old.
Grimsby manager Ian Holloway then handed Boyd his league debut with 20 minutes off the bench in the 1-0 defeat at Walsall on September 12.
Grimsby Town youngsters Louis Boyd and Ben Grist ‘are being monitored by Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea’
Boyd is pictured coming on to become Grimsby’s youngest-ever appearance maker in their EFL Trophy fixture with Harrogate Town. He would score shortly afterwards
Fellow midfielder Grist was an unused substitute during that match with Harrogate at Blundell Park, which Grimsby won 7-6 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Both players are juggling their football with taking their GCSEs but, according to The Athletic, they have caught the eye of a number of leading Premier League teams.
They say Grimsby’s current financial concerns amid the Covid-19 pandemic – the club estimates a £700,000 loss this season – could force them to sell two of their prized academy graduates.
Grimsby manager Ian Holloway on the sidelines during Saturday’s goalless draw at Bolton
Grimsby have only been able to play three of their league fixtures so far this season following a positive coronavirus test within their squad that led to the closure of their training ground.
League Two games against Cheltenham Town and Bradford City – plus an EFL Trophy fixture at Hull City – have been postponed.
They returned to action on Saturday with a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers.
The window for Premier League clubs to buy players from the EFL remains open until October 16 though any move for the Grimsby duo is likely to be in January or next year.
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