Could Ben Kennedy become Stevenage’s first £1million player?

Boro boss Darren Sarll. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Boro boss Darren Sarll. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Teenage attacker Ben Kennedy could develop into Stevenage’s first £1million player according to his boss Darren Sarll.

Everton have paid in the region of £7.5million for Charlton Athletic youngster Ademola Lookman during the current transfer window and Sarll feels Kennedy should be the same bracket as some of the best young players in the county.

Sarll said: “I think Ben’s achievements have been under-appreciated, not here, but to the outside world.

“With some of the money that gets banded around, why not? Why can’t he be Stevenage’s first £1million player?”

Boro’s record transfer fee received is the £260,000 from Peterborough United for George Boyd in 2007 and that could be broken if Kennedy was to leave the Lamex Stadium.

The talented Northern Irishman already has more than 60 Boro appearances to his name and has fired seven goals in Sky Bet League Two this term.

“Because we are Stevenage, Ben has gone quietly under the radar,” added Sarll.

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“I don’t see any other 19-year-old in the Football League, and I’m more than happy to be proved wrong, to have made 65 appearances.

“That is quite incredible; to have come in and scored the goals he’s scored this year from the games that he’s started.”

“When people talk to me about young players, and the young lad at Exeter [Ollie] Watkins, Ben Kennedy surely is in that little pool of players.

“He’s a top, top young player and his form in the last four-six weeks is very good and if it carries on we’ll lose him.

“It’s pretty evident Stevenage is a club that wants to produce players, help them with their career and then move them on to pastures new and elevate their careers for them.

“If he keeps doing, he’ll go like any player in any league in any part of the world.”