Diego de Girolamo bagged a sensational hat-trick as Sheffield United's under-21 side beat Brentford on Monday.
The Italian teenager helped the young Blades to a 4-1 victory, underlining his star potential.
De Girolamo was linked with a moves to Arsenal and Juventus in April, with The Independent claiming both sides are monitoring the attacker.
The 18-year-old has made three appearances for Sheffield United, each as a substitute, but is not yet considered part of the first team squad.
Born in Chesterfield and eligible for England, he is at present an Italy under-20 international.
Manager Nigel Clough was watching on from the sidelines as the young prospect scored his goals, each typical poacher's strikes from inside the box.