Despite being just 16-years of age and still at school, Izzy Brown is certainly grabbing the attention of a fair few people, and not just his teachers.
The West Bromwich Albion striker looks set to have a big career ahead of him after already being named in the first team squad this season.
The dream scenario came just two months ago as he found himself on the coach travelling down to Stamford Bridge with the rest of the Baggies’ first team squad.
West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke even had to persuade Brown’s school to let him out of double maths to train with the first team ahead of the weekend’s fixture.
The Baggies boss revealed: “I’m taking young Izzy in the squad. He’s been fantastic coming through the youth team, has quickly settled into the Under-21s and has put in some really good performances recently.
“We have secured his release from school this week to train with us and he is doing his GCSE’s so we will tutor him. We’ll keep him grounded.
“Education is important so he’ll be doing his homework on the bus on the way down to London.
“It’s a great chance for Izzy to experience one of the best stadiums in the country with a really good atmosphere and hopefully watch a really good game from the bench.”
Izzy’s chance came after a string of brilliant performances in the U21’s squad this season.
The attacking midfielder may only be 16, but he certainly has the frame to become a power driving force any Premier Leagues side’s midfield.
After news of the players’ performances came to light, so did the transfer rumours.
North-London club Arsenal were believed to be the first team sniffing around the youngster, with the clubs record of turning youngsters into Premier League footballers’ second-to-none, after successful raids on Southampton for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain.
Arsenal away coincidentally became the second first team appearance for the youngster, has he was named as an un-used sub during West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at the Emirates.
Brown has also been a regular at International level, having cemented his place in the England U17 squad, largely because of his impressive ability in the West Brom youth teams.
Izzy Brown even capped of the year in style at the West Brom awards evening in April.
The midfielder was nominated at the end of season awards and picked up the Young Player of the Year trophy.
Brown will be hoping it’s the first of many trophies he earns at the club as he looks to force his way into the Baggies’ first team.