2018/19 has already been a season to remember for 18-year-old Conor Coventry.
The teenage Irish midfielder made his first team debut against Macclesfield last month; in an 8-0 win which only served to make the evening even sweeter.
Now, Coventry has opened up about his ambitions for the rest of the season; both at club and international level.
Does he consider himself a first team player now? How can he force himself into Manuel Pellegrini’s Premier League plans? Read on for the answers and more…
Speaking to the club’s official website, Coventry said: “I think it’s been good start to the season. The highlight was obviously the Macclesfield game, which I didn’t really expect coming into the season.
“It’s been a massive feeling for me and it was a night that could not have gone any better. It has just made me hungrier for more of that feeling.
“I just want to keep training with the first team whenever I can and get into more squads and keep trying to play well and doing my stuff in the Under-23s.
“I love meeting up with the [Ireland Under 19] squad. I’ve known the boys for a few years now so there’s a great bond there. The main thing for all of us is playing for our country, which is a massive, massive honour.
“There’s so much pride in it and when we come together everyone is buzzing and ready to give everything for the shirt.”
The injuries to Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere have left Pellegrini a little bit light in midfield.
Coventry could well be the biggest beneficiary; Pellegrini cannot dip into the transfer market until January, so the Irishman could well be first in line as a replacement.
It would be a big ask for a young man; but Grady Diangana took his chance expertly and there is no reason Coventry couldn’t either.
He also has international experience, which will stand him in good stead.