Like many Arsenal youngsters Jordan McEneff has endured much misfortune on the injury front, but the talented midfielder is now closing in on a return to action.
McEneff, who is in his second season with the Gunners, has been restricted to just seven appearances for Arsenal U18s in a campaign that should have seen him establish himself as one of the side’s key performers.
Now, though, the 18-year-old is eager to make up for lost time and has been included in Arsenal’s squad for the Dallas Cup.
Given that he is only just back from injury, it seems unlikely that McEneff will play a prominent part in proceedings, but he should still be involved in some capacity and will be especially eager to make an impact.
A fine passer of the ball who usually plays as a deep-lying central-midfielder, McEneff also relishes going for goal himself and has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 level.
McEneff will hope to help Arsenal U18s to clinch the league title and then he can begin to focus on next season, when he will no longer be eligible to play at that level.
Instead, the youngster, who has already signed a professional contract, will step up to the U23s on a full-time basis, and it will be intriguing to see how he copes with the increase in intensity.
The progress of players including Ben Cottrell means that McEneff will be under considerable pressure to hit the ground running as he will face much competition for a place in the side at U23 level.
The youngster possesses the quality, however, to make a significant impact and if he can steer clear of further injuries then he could have a bright future ahead of him.