Stoke City youngster Tyrese Campbell has been promoted to train with the first team after impressing Paul Lambert whilst playing for the under-23s.
The 18-year-old striker has scored nine goals in 14 appearances during the under-23s Premier League 2 campaign.
Campbell joined the Potters from Manchester City in 2016 and starred in the U18s run to the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup last season, scoring a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest along the way.
Lambert told to The Sentinel: “He’s got a big future, without wanting to put a burden on his shoulders, if he listens and works hard.
“Nobody is going to give him anything, it’s not a gift.
“If he earns the right I will take a look but he has to give me problems. He is definitely one to keep an eye on.
“Unfortunately, he rolled his ankle the other day in training, he has trained with us and he played (for the under-23s) on Monday.
“He has to earn the right to get in, it’s not a gift – If I think he’s ready I’ll throw him in.”
Campbell was linked with a possible loan move last month, however, Lambert rejected the move as he wants to keep a closer eye on the young striker.
Campbell is the son of former Manchester City and Everton striker, Kevin Campbell, so it was inevitable that comparisons were made between the two.
“He’s a long way to go to get to that level I think! I know Kevin had a fantastic career, if he gets anywhere near that he’ll be doing all right,” said Lambert.
Campbell is expected to feature in tomorrow’s Premier League 2 clash against Fulham at the bet365 Stadium.