Arsenal are never afraid to give youngsters an opportunity in the older age groups if a player is deemed to be of outstanding quality, and Trae Coyle is the latest starlet to have been fast-tracked at the club.
Despite still being a schoolboy, Coyle, who plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger, is already training at London Colney, while he is a key part of the U18s squad and this week made his debut in the UEFA Youth League in the defeat to Basel.
Perhaps his rapid development should come as no surprise. After all, Coyle’s ability hasn’t been a secret, with the prospect having scored several spectacular goals for Arsenal at younger age groups.
Now, though, he is edging closer to fulfilling his dream of getting into the first team.
There is still a very long way to go but it seems apparent that the Arsenal coaching staff hold Coyle in very high regard indeed, with a debut for the U23s this season not beyond the realms of possibility.
For now the England youth international will simply be seeking to gain as much experience as possible so that when his scholarship gets underway next season he is already established as an important figure at youth level.
A player with excellent technical ability, Coyle is capable of beating players with ease and has also scored frequently himself at schoolboy level.
It is important not to get carried away, but the early signs surrounding this prospect are very encouraging indeed.