There is no more in form striker at Middlesbrough right now than 19-year-old Luke Williams, even though he has just made one competitive appearance.
Williams bagged a second half hat-trick for the Under-21 side in their Under-21 Premier League match against Blackburn.
Two of those goals were remarkable strikes; a bullet from 30 yards and a precise curled shot from 22 yards, he completed his tally with a tap in from a rebounded penalty.
It was a remarkable performance over 45 minutes which means Tony Mowbray must now be toying with the idea of bringing Williams into the squad for the match against Chelsea.
He could do much worse because Middlesbrough could do with an extra attacking option for the tie due to the ineligibility of Kieron Dyer and the fact play maker Josh McEachran is not allowed to play against his parent club.
Williams has been used by the club in the FA Cup already this season, as he has already started one FA Cup tie, he also bagged two goals in the club’s League Cup run before they were eventually knocked out.
Williams could relish being thrown in at the deep end for this match, despite the fact he’s just played a competitive game.
He made his debut in 2009 at an age of just over 16-years-old so he’s no stranger to the pressure and the expectation that the club expects, he relishes it and uses it to his advantage.
It’s much more likely that the side will stick with the attacking combination of Marvin Emnes and Curtis Main up front, which means Williams would be restricted to the subs bench if he is used at all.
He could do very well as an impact player coming off the bench late into the game as his pace and his height, six feet one inch, make him a difficult player to handle for the most experienced of opposition defences.
Don’t be at all surprised if he does play some role in the match but Mowbray is a clever manager, Williams is one of the best prospects the club has had for a long time so he may choose to protect him, as counter productive as that seems.
Can you see Chelsea slipping up?
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