This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Nathan Young-Coombes might not be a name familiar to all Rangers fans but he was signed from Chelsea in February, per The Sun.
Young-Coombes, 16, is a centre-forward by trade and has represented England at Under-15 level.
He has a very aggressive style for a player who lacks the obvious physicality to play up front on his own.
His aggression comes from his directness. Rather than “rag dolling” centre-halves, he uses his technique to protect the ball and cause problems, most recently demonstrated in a development game vs Hibernian.
Young-Coombes won a penalty – which he scored – and created the chance for Rangers to equalise.
Young-Coombes first came to real prominence scoring some spectacular goals in the Alkass Cup as Rangers became the first British side to win the prestigious tournament.
The Daily Record reported on Young-Coombes scoring a hat-trick in a tournament-record 7-0 win over Etoile Sahel. Etoile had previously beaten Bayern Munich’s youngsters.
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Shortly after his arrival, Young-Coombes secured Rangers’ passage to the Scottish Youth Cup final with the third goal in a victory against Aberdeen but the best was yet to come. He was to be instrumental in Rangers winning the cup final against Old Firm rivals, Celtic, scoring what proved to be the winner in the 66th minute with a header from a free-kick.
Young-Coombes has only been at Rangers a short while but he already looks like he has the talent to make the step up to first-team level.
He doesn’t turn 17 until January but it may only be a matter of time before the talented youngster is playing in Steven Gerrard’s first XI.