Of all of the players loaned out by Leeds United over the course of the season, none are making a bigger impact right now than Alfie McCalmont.
After a tough start to life at Oldham, McCalmont appears to have really found his feet with the Latics in recent months.
He has now scored six goals and contributed four assists in League Two. Remarkably, three of those goals have come in his last four appearances.
And the two most recent strikes have proved to be stunners. An outrageous volley provided the winner against Exeter, while his delicious curling effort was a shining light in the defeat at Leyton Orient at the weekend.
McCalmont has arguably staked a genuine claim to be a contender for the slightly troublesome number eight role in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans next season. At the very least, he looks set for a loan move to a much higher level.
It is an exciting time for fans of the 21-year-old, particularly given a claim former under-23 boss Carlos Corberan made following a win over Wigan’s youngsters in 2019.
He could not hide just how highly he rated the Northern Irishman.
It will be interesting to see what Bielsa’s plans for McCalmont are. He has only made a couple of first-team appearances for the Whites.
And of course, some may be wary of getting carried away when he is playing in the fourth tier.
But McCalmont indeed looks to be a special talent. And when surrounded by better players, perhaps he will not struggle to shine at a much higher level.