Newcastle United have an academy that, in recent years, has started producing talent worthy of making the step up to the Premier League. The Longstaff brothers, Matty and Sean, stand as current proof.
Whilst it is Elliot Anderson who seems to hold the hopes of the city to become the next big thing, waiting in the wings is prolific 21-year-old striker Isaac Westendorf.
Having signed in January after a successful trial period, the young marksman has made a meteoric rise from non-league Barking to the Premier League.
He could be the heir to Callum Wilson, who has been a capable goal scorer for the Magpies but has struggled with injuries as age sneaks up on him.
When fit, he is a fine striker for the division. The issue remains that he cannot maintain a solid run of fixtures, and Eddie Howe has responded with the £63m purchase of Aleksander Isak.
Wilson has had to assume the role of backup to the hulking Swede, but when his time to exit St James’ Park eventually comes, they will need a new dependable goal scorer to supplement the 23-year-old.
This man could certainly be Westendorf.
His inclusion in the pre-season training this summer also is indicative of a level of faith he must have in the next generation.
Jacob Ranson, a reporter for the Barking & Dagenham Post, was full of praise for the player he watched for Barking. He claimed: “Isaac is fast, powerful and was extremely impressive for Barking.
“Often youngsters, despite how good they are, struggle to adapt to men’s football initially, but not Isaac, as he got himself into the first-team and found the back of the net consistently.”
He certainly has all the ingredients to fulfil this role as Wilson’s understudy, with pace, power and a ruthlessness akin to the former AFC Bournemouth man.
If he continues his phenomenal rise, there is no telling how high he can go at the club.