Daniel Bramall has been rewarded for his superb form with Barnsley under 23s by training with the first team under Valerien Ismael who says he could make his debut in coming weeks.
The 22-year-old winger, who joined the club in September, has six goals for the under 23s including five in his last four appearances.
Ismael told the Chronicle: “He trained last week with us and this week.
“I wanted to see him and know him. He showed me a lot of quality, one v one with good speed and intensity in his runs. We have many games and it could be possible that he gets a chance.”
Bramall was in Chesterfield’s youth system before being poached by Everton.
He was with the Toffees for nine years, progressing through their academy and earning a professional contract but, after a serious back injury, he left the Premier League club last year. He spent the 2019/20 season with non-league clubs Buxton and Matlock Town, where he was noticed by Barnsley’s academy scouts.
Academy manager Bobby Hassell told the Chronicle: “We brought him in for pre-season and he was outstanding so we took a gamble and signed him.
“He’s beyond the age of players we would usually recruit for our 23s at 22 but we saw enough potential.
“He came in as an out and out winger but we have played him at left wing-back in a 3-5-2 then lately we have used him up front in a front two or front three. He can finish, he is rapid and he runs in behind to stretch play. I think he has a real chance of making it in the first team at Championship level.
“He needs to learn the out of possession stuff, such as pressing, but he is getting a lot better at that.
“On the ball, I think he’s as good as anything in the building.”