Tottenham Hotspur could have another Harry Kane in their ranks – and no, it’s not Dane Scarlett.
16-year-old striker Jamie Donley has been at the north London outfit for half of his life and this week he was named in the Guardian’s ‘Next Generation’ list, which profiles the best young talent from the Premier League’s 20 clubs.
The Northern Ireland-born striker, who is with the England U17s squad this week for their October fixtures, has impressed for the Lilywhites’ U18s side in recent times and now he’s being tipped for big things.
Guardian journalist David Hytner describes the teenage sensation as a ‘left-footed no.9’ who is ‘noted for his tenacity and finishing ability’, whilst he can also ‘drop off and show a good range of passing.’
In other words, he’s very much in a similar mould to the talismanic England international – a player who has been super prolific in the Premier League over several, several years.
Kane has scored at least 24 goals in every campaign since 2014/15 and that’s largely due to his clinical finishing ability and eye for goal.
Furthermore, particularly in recent seasons, the 28-year-old forward has become a creative outlet for his side – for example, last season, Kane provided 17 assists on top of his 33 goals, via Transfermarkt, whilst he also averaged 1.4 key passes per game (the second-most in the squad).
That highlights his range of passing and that’s exactly how the Guardian have described Donley.
The teen prodigy has found the net five times in five games in the U18 Premier League this season, taking his total for the youth squad to ten goals in 18 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.
Some of his performances have already had the Spurs faithful purring with excitement – one game against Norwich City, in particular, had many praising the young gem after he bagged himself a brace.
“Masterclass” and “stocks rising” were just two phrases used to describe his display that day.
So forget Scarlett, who will go onto become a different type of forward, Nuno Santo and co could well have another Kane in Donley. He may only be 16 but all the signs so far are hugely encouraging.