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Arsenal and Liverpool target 18-year-old League One star dubbed the ‘new Ashley Cole’

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham are said to kick start a scramble for Walsall’s 18-year-old left-back Rico Henry after he was dubbed the ‘new Ashley Cole’, according to the Daily Express.

Saddlers boss Dean Smith has been raving about the Birmingham-born teenager’s performances this season, and a report in the Daily Mirror claims that several Premier League sides have been having him watched.

Smith said of the full-back: “If I were to liken him to anyone it would be a young Ashley Cole and it’s up to him how far he can now go in the game.

“I’ve recommended him a couple of times to the England Under-19s because, if there’s a better left-sided player in the country at 18 years of age, I’d like to see them.

“If he keeps developing and keeps his feet firmly on the ground – his parents will make sure of that – then he’ll go the right way.”

Last month Henry signed a new deal tying him to the Bescot Stadium until 2018, which capped off a fine spell of form that saw him collect the League One Player of the Month award in September (via Express).

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