Two seasons ago, when he was a schoolboy, Trae Coyle seemed almost certain to be given chances to impress in the Arsenal first-team eventually.
Coyle was already featuring for the U19s in the UEFA Youth League and was providing glimpses of the undoubted quality that he possesses.
However, last season didn’t exactly go to play for the Hale End product as he spent a significant period out through injury, which slowed his development.
Now, though, Coyle, who can play as an attacking midfielder or on either flank, is back fully fit and is starting to make an impact for Arsenal at U23 level.
A skilful player who is also strong physically, Coyle is an intriguing talent and this season will simply be about him gaining as much playing time as possible as he looks to make up for the games that he missed when he was on the sidelines.
While he was out, the likes of Xavier Amaechi and Bukayo Saka progressed extremely well, to the extent that Coyle, while not being completely forgotten about, fell down the pecking order somewhat.
Now, with Amaechi still out, Coyle has been given chances to impress and, while he hasn’t been outstanding, it is clear that the 17-year-old remains a very talented player.
At present it seems that Saka, who has perhaps been Arsenal’s best performer at academy level so far this season, is more likely to make the breakthrough in the near future.
Coyle certainly can’t be discounted, however, and if he continues to work hard then the youngster’s time in the spotlight may well come along eventually.
Arsenal get their FA Youth Cup campaign underway next month and that competition will provide Coyle with another opportunity to showcase his credentials on a major stage as he looks to put his injury nightmare behind him.