Breaking through into a Premier League first team is a tough task for any youngster, and at Manchester City it is harder than most.
Particularly in the striking department with the varying options available to Manuel Pellegrini, but that is exactly the challenge lying in front of Jordi Hiwula.
The teenager scored for City's under-21 side in their season opener against Fulham, a 2-1 loss to the talented West London side.
The goal mattered to Hiwula more than most, for it was his first for City since last September, when he struck three times in three games at the start of last season's under-21 campaign.
Two matches later, he suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for the entire campaign, freezing his promising development in it's tracks.
Hiwula had been called into England's under-19 squad, scoring in a 3-0 win over Estonia before his injury, but when it came to the latter stages of qualification in June he was not fit enough to be called up to partake.
He is an 18-year-old striker who has a year left to run on the remainder of his City contract, and is determined to kick on and show he deserves a new one.
Hiwula is arguably the most talented English striker in City's EDS, an even brighter prospect than Devante Cole, and if he can maintain his fitness and get a run of games then he can begin fulfilling that potential.
His goalscoring return at the weekend was a fantastic sign for the club, and EDS coach Patrick Vieira. If he can make up for lost time, then do not be surprised if one day he ends up featuring for the first team yet.
Check him out below in action and speaking about his return from injury...
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