Sunderland have been rather prolific in recent years with their academy, producing a host of names who have gone on to perform both for them and at a much higher station.
Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford and just two who have established themselves as top-quality Premier League players, with the former captaining Liverpool to winning most trophies available to him.
However, another that could be destined for the very top is a young Costa Rican signed this summer, Jewison Bennette.
The 18-year-old speedster has already made one cameo for the Black Cats this season, with just an eight-minute appearance, however before that he had contributed to three goals in four Primera Division Apertura appearances.
He is clearly highly rated, with the left winger accumulating 36 senior appearances at such a young age.
Alex Neil had labelled the 5 foot 9 dynamo a “huge talent”, but it was Tony Mowbray who seems truly excited about the player, claiming: “He’s so fast and direct, he picks it up and drives with it, his feet are so fast. He shifts it from left to right and there’s no change, he shifts his shoulders and he’s past people.”
With all the attributes to succeed in English football, he is also said to have a wicked left foot and enjoys beating defenders and whipping crosses in.
Roy Miller, who faced England for Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup had no qualms about how Bennette might take to English football:
“You can think that the English league is physical, with physical players. It remains for him to demonstrate (his abilities), just as he has demonstrated them with the national team, with his club team.
“Although there are very tall, physical players there, that doesn’t mean it will not go well for him. Hopefully he can take advantage of the opportunity.”
He is sure to be a success upon Wearside and seems like a truly exciting signing who can be the present and the future of the club.