Given that Arsenal gave scholarship deals to a significant number of players last summer, it was inevitable that some of the prospects in question would have to be patient for opportunities.
James Sweet initially found himself in that situation, with the midfielder being left out of the matchday squad for the U18s’ first three league matches this season.
However, over the past few months Sweet has broken into the side and he is becoming increasingly confident at U18 level.
The youngster, who has been capped by both England and Wales at youth level, is capable of operating effectively as an attacking midfielder or in a slightly deeper position.
Possessing an impressive range of short and long passes, Sweet is also an effective dribbler.
Sweet managed to score his first goal for the U18s in the victory against Leicester City last month and also featured against Rotherham United in the FA Youth Cup.
With the likes of Miguel Azeez and Catalin Cirjan having stepped up to the U23s on a permanent basis, Sweet has an opportunity to establish himself as a regular fixture in Ken Gillard’s team.
The 17-year-old knows that he still has much work to do in order to earn a professional contract, but he is certainly heading in the right direction.