Jason Burke: Linfield star John Peden who joined United before becoming United

In local football this week, Linfield has transferred two of his talented young players to bigger clubs in England. Tri Hume to Sunderland and Callum Marshall to West Ham United are the latest in-demand products to emerge from Windsor Park’s “conveyor belt of talent”, as described by sports writer Steven Beacom, and the observance of legendary Irish league striker Glenn Ferguson. Under Nazar, who oversees the youth set-up.

Follow the recent departures of the likes of Shayne Lavery, Joel Cooper, Paul Smith, Dale Taylor and Charlie Allen who have all dreamed of joining professional English clubs.