This summer Newcastle United sold Bobby Clark to Liverpool.
Losing a 16-year-old might not sound that devastating, but this transfer was another indictment of where we are as a club right now.
Clark was one of the academy’s brightest prospects. He’s been tipped to go far in the game despite his tender years.
He’s the son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark, and supports the Magpies. Why would he want to leave already?
Clark had some big clubs chasing him, such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham. However, it was Liverpool who secured his signature. The Athletic claim he cost around an initial £750,000, but the fee could rise to £1.5million.
Jurgen Klopp reportedly held face-to-face talks with the teenager, helping convince him to join the Reds.
And despite only being at Liverpool for a few months, Clark is already making his mark.
Bobby Clark scored on his Liverpool youth debut
The youngster made his Under-18s debut last weekend against Nottingham Forest, and capped it off with a goal. A dream start if ever there was one.
But that isn’t his only achievement during his short time with Liverpool.
According to the Athletic, Clark has already trained with the first-team a couple of times during the international break. They add that Klopp and Pep Lijnders are impressed with what they have seen so far.
The next step for Clark will be playing for the Under-23s, but that surely won’t take long.
There is a clear path to the first-team for Clark, who will have seen Harvey Elliott thriving in the starting XI until he suffered an injury against Leeds last week.
Not only is it a path to the first-team, but at a club that is ambitious and competing for honours. When you look at it that way, you wonder why he didn’t leave Newcastle sooner.