The Football League is awash with talent, with a plethora of stars waiting for their chance to secure a dream move to the Premier League.
The various levels of the competition also prove to be an excellent practice ground for some of the brightest young stars in the English game, with top flight clubs keen to allow their future gems a chance to prove themselves with access to first team competitive action.
One such player currently in such a situation is 19-year-old Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, who is spending the season on loan with League One Blackpool.
The Seasiders were promoted back to the division after play-off final victory over Exeter City at Wembley last season, and have begun life in the third tier in excellent fashion.
The club sit in fourth place after eight games, and will have an early eye on a place in the automatic promotion spots in the coming weeks.
The success of the side can be derived from the entire squad, but the performances of young Longstaff have been an absolute joy to behold thus far.
Four goals and two assists to his name already, this kid looks to be the real deal, and is becoming central to everything Blackpool do this season.
Yet to make his debut for his parent club, Longstaff spent time on loan in Scotland with Kilmarnock earlier this year, becoming an integral part of the SPL side.
Stepping up to League One football has been easy for the youngster, and with The Chronicle Live reporting that multiple Premier League and Championship scouts were at Bloomfield Road to see him overcome Oxford United in his last game, interest is rife in his signature.
Newcastle are keen to allow the player to spend time in the Championship next year, and there will be a long line of suitors by the time next summer rolls around.
If Longstaff continues his current exploits at Blackpool, and makes the step up to the Championship with ease next term, then we could be witnessing the rise of a future Premier League star before our very eyes.
This youngster has an extremely bright future in the game, and although he may not be a household name just yet, people will soon know the name, Sean Longstaff.
What have you made of Longstaff so far, Blackpool fans?
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