The Football League is fast becoming the proving grounds for the best young talent in the English game.
Stars making the leap from the lower levels of the EFL to the Championship or Premier League has become a norm rather than an exception, and the trend looks set to continue as clubs search for the latest young gem to lead their side to glory.
Ollie Watkins moved from League Two to the Championship this summer with Brentford, and Bright Osayi-Samuel made a similar switch to west London with Queens Park Rangers.
This week’s One to Watch however is still with his boyhood club in League One, but is set for an extremely bright future in the English game.
21-year-old Callum Camps of Rochdale is a former Northern Ireland U21 international, and despite his tender age, has established himself as one of the strongest midfielders in the third tier.
With already 90 first team league appearances to his name since making his bow for his boyhood club, Camps is one of the first names on manager Keith Hill’s team sheet, and is an integral part of the team.
Camps scored eight times last year as The Dale narrowly missed out on a place in the top-six, but is currently sidelined, having picked up an injury in his side’s narrow defeat to top of the table Shrewsbury Town.
The young star is on the radar of Championship clubs, and was subject of interest from Leeds United last year.
No move materialised, but once Camps returns from injury and begins to make his mark again, clubs from above could reignite their muted interest in the fledgling star.
Classy, able on the ball, and an eye for goal, Camps possesses all of the characteristics to become one of the best central midfielders in the Football League, and his talent will surely grow with every passing season.
If Rochdale are not promoted this year, I can see Camps being picked up by a Championship side, and the youngster should be playing in the Premier League within the next three years, if his rapid development continues at its current rate.
Fans of the Football League, how do you rate Camps? Is he a future star of the game?
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