There’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Rohan Luthra but you may well be seeing a lot of him in years to come after the Crystal Palace academy man was called up by England schoolboys.
Having already represented England at U15 level, Rohan who is eligible to play for both the Three Lions and India given his ancestry, will look to impress those watching on at St George’s Park next week.
Whilst I won’t pretend to know a great deal about Luthra, it’s always great to hear about the Palace academy boys who are making the biggest waves at national level and in Rohan’s case specifically, the fact that he plays in goal makes him stand out from the crowd.
We’ve always been known as a club who are capable of bringing through talented attacking youngsters but in recent years, no goalkeeping prospects have been given the chance to prove themselves at first-team level; a fact that is sure to provoke many into tracking the teenager’s progress over the next few years.
Given his age, it’s pointless to expect too much of him, with his still growing frame set to make a bigger difference to his development than those who occupy other positions on the pitch but even so, it’s a feel-good story for those who are working as scouts for the Palace academy.
I’m sure I’m not alone in loving the idea of having a side full of youth products, with the likes of Zaha, Williams, Clyne and Scannell having enjoyed a special bond with our supporters in recent times. High-profile signings are always exciting but for me, there really is nothing like seeing a local lad come up through the ranks and prove himself at first-team level. It’s an extremely organic way of running a football club and one which Palace fans everywhere have always embraced.
Let’s hope Rohan continues to progress at the same rate in years to come.