West Ham United youngster Idris Kanu showed he already has the temperament to deal with the big occasion, netting a winner in an important moment for the under-21s last night.
The 16-year-old was making just his second appearance for the development squad last night, and scored the vital goal in a 1-0 win over Stoke City.
He had only come off the bench five minutes earlier, and stepped up to take an injury time penalty, showing no fear in putting the ball past 39-year-old Shay Given
Development squad coach Liam Manning praised the teenager, telling the club's official website:
“Idris showed great character to take the penalty, especially against Shay Given, a goalkeeper who has had a terrific career. It says a lot about the lad’s character that as an under 16 he took the penalty and took that responsibility."
Kanu will hope his strike leads to further opportunities between now and the end of the season, and certainly it appears his successful cameo has impressed the coaching staff.
He is one of a number of youngsters with exciting futures coming through the academy, following the likes of Reece Oxford, Martin Samuelsen, Reece Burke and Josh Cullen.