17 goals in 24 games: Can Everton's forgotten sensation James Vaughan finally fulfil his potential?

James Vaughan - Everton celebrates his goal for 4-0

12 years since his Everton breakthrough, James Vaughan is in the form of his life at Bury.

James Vaughan - Everton celebrates his goal for 4-0James Vaughan - Everton celebrates his goal for 4-0

It is 12 years since James Vaughan broke into Everton's first team and became the club's youngest ever goalscorer.

The 16-year-old came off the bench to net in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, breaking Wayne Rooney's record and James Milner's Premier League notoriety.

While Rooney and Milner have gone on to have long and established Premier League and international careers, James Vaughan has not, and has become very much a forgotten figure.

Now 28, Vaughan is putting himself back on the map at Bury, where he has been in prolific form.

Former England under-21 international Vaughan has scored 17 goals in 24 games for the League One side, an even more impressive achievement considering the Shakers sit in 21st place in the division.

Vaughan has netted seven goals in his last six games, with the highlight being a staggering four goal haul in a 5-1 win over Peterborough.

His performances saw him awarded with the League One player of the month award, with Bury boss Chris Brass telling the EFL that Vaughan's recognition was 'fully deserved'.

This is Vaughan's first season at Bury, after leaving Birmingham City in the summer to sign a two-year deal at the club.

Vaughan's career at Everton was plagued by injury and inconsistency, with the striker playing only 60 games in seven seasons, scoring just nine goals.

Bury's James Vaughan scoresBury's James Vaughan scores

These years were interrupted also by loan spells at Derby, Leicester, and the club against he scored on his debut, Crystal Palace, and he was eventually sold to Norwich in 2011.

An unproductive season followed with the Canaries, before he finally hit form on loan at Huddersfield, scoring 14 goals. This earned him a permanent move, scoring 17 goals across the next three seasons before signing for Birmingham, where he was mainly used as a substitute.

Vaughan is now in the form of his career, benefitting from dropping down a level and playing regularly. At 28 he appears to be showing signs of becoming the striker he was always touted to be.

At 28 time is running out if he is to make his way back to the Premier League and fulfil his potential, but it is highly likely that his form is making teams higher up the footballing ladder sit up and take notice.

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