There is a real buzz around Derby's latest youngster, Louie Sibley, and expectations of what the young talent is capable of are likely to go through the roof following his performance against Millwall.
The 18-year-old struck a hat-trick in a 3-2 win for his side, but how did he perform overall?
📷 Match Snapshot
⏱️ 26' ⚽ Derby had went a goal down early in the contest but on 26 minutes Sibley collected the ball on the edge of the area and was able to slalom his way towards goal, dodging two tackles before blasting his finish high into the roof of the net - a brilliant individual goal.
⏱️ 71' ⚽ And Sibley put Derby ahead going into the closing stages, following a superb flowing Derby move, one in which Sibley finished first-time across the goalkeeper with his right foot, in off the post.
⏱️ 90' ⚽ And he netted what proved to be the winner in injury time, finishing neatly with his left foot after getting his body in the way of the defender.
Given Millwall would then go up the field and pull one back, Sibley's late contribution proved to be the deciding factor in an end-to-end contest.
〽️ Rating Week-on-Week
Sibley's last game out was a very good turn, scoring a great goal as his Derby side ran out 3-0 winners against Blackburn. Sibley played 76 minutes and earned himself a 7.3 FC Rating as a result.
But here he took all of the plaudits with his superbly taken hat-trick proving to be the decisive influence on the contest and duly earned himself a perfect 10 FC Rating for his efforts.
Sibley match stats
|FC Rating||10||🏆 FC Man of the Match|
|Touches In Box||7||Rank #1|
|On Target||5||Rank #1|
After a performance like this, Derby fans will be eager to see more of the 18-year-old in action. He has been used somewhat sparingly this season by manager Phillip Cocu - indeed this was just his third Championship appearance, having been restricted to games in the cup competitions - but his talent now looks too good to ignore.
He is not a secret to the Derby supporters who have already been keen to see more of him, and given the condensed schedule that's coming up, there's no doubt that Cocu will look to offer him as much time on the pitch as possible.
But there's also a down side to that - given the nature of the transfer market, and how it is likely to extend into October, it gives Premier League teams more time to watch and admire and, given Derby's somewhat precarious finances, a serious bid almost certainly be entertained.