Liverpool's 18-year-old winger Toni Silva has today agreed a deal that will see him move to Championship side Barnsley on a free transfer after three seasons at the club. After arriving in 2009 from the Benfica academy, Silva looked a standout attacking talent, but flair at the youth level was followed by less effective performances with the reserves and a loan spell at Northampton Town to end last season where he scored one goal in fifteen appearances and failed to impress.
With the player finding himself behind younger prospects like Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe, it's little surprise to see him move elsewhere in search of playing time and a chance at first team football. He remains raw but promising, though he will need to learn to use his teammates better if he is to make a lasting impact at Barnsley. While there is no transfer fee, as an underage player Liverpool will receive compensation for each of his three seasons at the club.