Football: Jack Grealish
Yet another promising Aston Villa kid from Kevin MacDonald's prolific academy production line. Given Paul Lambert's faith in young players, Grealish looks like he could get his senior debut before the end of the calendar year. At the age of 16 he was named on the bench for Villa in their Premier League game against Chelsea in March.
Now 17, he is very highly regarded within the club and is already on his first professional deal, which contracts him to Villa until 2015. He operates as a wide player but can also play in behind the striker and is a regular in Villa's Under-21 side.
Grealish comes from Solihull and was born in England, but has so far elected to play for the Republic of Ireland, whom he qualifies for through Irish ancestry, at junior level. However, Football Association coaches still hold out hope that he will play Under-21, and possibly senior, football for England.
Lambert's Villa project remains one of the most intriguing in the Premier League. If he can make Villa competitive with a young side and a core of players primarily from the academy there will be others trying to follow suit. With players like Grealish in their academy, however, Villa know they are in a stronger position than most to pursue this policy.