Harry Chapman has always been a player of undoubted quality.
After bursting onto the youth scene with Middlesbrough in the UEFA Youth League is seemed that the player was expected to really kick on and become a top player at the highest level of the game.
So far that hasn’t quite materialised.
But despite his undoubted potential the winger was unable to break into the first team at the Riverside as Aitor Karanka’s side pushed for promotion to the Premier League.
Loan spells with Barnsley, Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers followed, with a permanent move to Ewood Park following in January 2019.
However a number of injuries have stopped the player from establishing himself as a first team regular with Chapman starting just five games for Tony Mowbray’s time in that side.
With first team opportunities clearly limited the decision was made in January to allow the 23-year-old to head out on loan in order to build his fitness, his experience and most importantly, his confidence.
Shrewsbury Town were the side who made the move to sign Chapman and their faith has certainly been rewarded.
Since moving to New Meadow the winger has established himself as a first team regular having started each of the six matches that he’s been available for.
This has included five matches in League One and the FA Cup third round clash with Southampton where Chapman played just over an hour on his debut for the club.
Not only has Chapman been starting for Shrewsbury but he’s really hit the ground running.
Four goals in six games is an excellent return for any player and that’s why the League One side are raving about the talent that they’ve been able to bring in.
Shrewsbury defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell has even been lauding the player in the press, telling the Shropshire Star: “I was with him at Sheffield United and he was very good there but you can see now, with age, he’s a match-winner.
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“I definitely knew what he was capable of, I was really excited when he came, I’ve spoke to him and said ‘keep doing what you’re doing’.
“He’s young with a lot to prove and the world is his oyster at the minute.”
It’s hard to dispute Ebanks-Landell’s verdict with regards to Chapman with the winger no doubt hoping that his form in League One can afford him a consistent opportunity to impress in the Championship next season.
But with his Blackburn contract expiring at the end of the season it remains to be seen whether that chance will come with the Lancashire side.
That said, if Chapman continues to put in the sort of performances that he has so far then there will be no shortage of potential suitors at the end of his current deal.