There are not too many Canadians in the Premier League, but it is not just David Hoilett’s nationality that makes him an interesting player. The 19-year-old has broken into the Blackburn Rovers first team squad this season and has gone about trying to prove himself as a Premier League player. The young striker who can also play as a winger has been used sparingly by Sam Allardyce this season but in a team that struggles for goals he is likely to be given more opportunities.
Hoilett made his may through the Blackburn Rovers Youth Academy but he was unable to secure a work permit for a couple of years. This led to a couple of loan sells in Germany with SC Paderborn and FC St Pauli where he picked up some valuable first-team experience. He received a work permit before this season began despite not having any international caps to his name, it was a landmark decision in many respects but the fact that he had to opportunity to play in Blackburn’s first-team was enough to convince the adjudicators that a work permit should be granted.
Hoilett has been used mainly as an impact substitute this season and has impressed in brief spells. He shows great confidence when he is on the ball and is a fairly direct player. His pace and power cause defenders problems and he did well in the recent triumph over Chelsea in the Carling Cup as he won a penalty for his side in extra-time and also scored in the shoot-out showing good composure for one so young. His only goals so far came against Gillingham in the Carling Cup but he has certainly caught the eye when given the opportunity. Hoilett made his first league start against Hull recently and though he did not score, his performance was good ad he played the full 90 minutes.
Hoilett has done well to get as much playing time as he has done this season (12 appearances already); Blackburn have Benni McCarthy, Jason Roberts, Nikola Kalinic and Franco di Santo who all play as strikers. Despite this stiff competition, Allardyce has earmarked Hoilett as a possible star of the future and will continue to give the youngster chances.