Yesterday evening, Crystal Palace confirmed the news that Rob Street would be joining Torquay United on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
The 19-year-old has never left Selhurst Park on loan before, so this represents an exciting opportunity for the teenage hitman.
In our view, the Eagles have made an excellent decision by sending the centre-forward away from south London to gain experience.
Why? Well, Street has displayed a fine level of maturity in the youth ranks for a couple of seasons now, and it’s time for him to taste senior football.
Just by watching the tall frontman, you get the impression that he is somewhat of a throwback – a physical No.9 with a great striker’s brain and the ability to bring others into play.
His old-school, black boots may also contribute to that first impression.
In truth, his movement and overall style reminds us of Glenn Murray.
As Crystal Palace’s official site shows, Street has scored 25 goals in the academy since the 2017/18 campaign, often playing at a level beyond his age group.
His former Under-23 boss Richard Shaw even described him as a “young Ian Wright” when speaking to London News Online.
Shaw highlighted the teenager’s mentality, desire to succeed and also his grassroots heritage as similar traits to the former Eagles and Arsenal striker.
Torquay United may be in the fifth-tier of the National League. However, it doesn’t matter what level Street is playing at right now.
All that matters is he gets a taste of what football is like away from the bubble of academy football, which should benefit his development massively.