Watch: Scotland U17 goals show the burgeoning talent of young Norwich City winger Glenn Middleton
PUBLISHED: 14:38 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 20 March 2017
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He may still only be just 17 years old but the burgeoning talents of Norwich City winger Glenn Middleton continue to attract more attention.
The Canaries youngster has helped himself to three goals in the space of three days to help move Scotland to the verge of qualification for the Uefa European Under-17 Championships.
Middleton scored twice in a 6-1 thrashing of Montenegro on Friday before scoring the only goal in a crucial 1-0 win over Serbia in the elite stage of qualifying, with both games played at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.
The Glasgow-born speedster played the entirety of both matches and could be in action again tomorrow when the Scotland U17s face Switzerland, needing a point to seal their place at the finals in Croatia this summer.
Darren Huckerby’s academy protégée scored two thumping shots from the edge of the area and one from out wide after beating his full-back on the left – goals which City fans who watch U23s games have seen him produce before this season.
Middleton smashed home a powerful shot just two minutes after coming on to help the young Canaries come from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-3 in the Premier League International Cup in January.
Then in the same competition, also at Carrow Road, last month he scored within three minutes of coming on at half-time of a 6-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb – surging down the left, leaving his marker for dust and lashing a low shot in off the far post.
His explosive ability has already created a sense of getting fans on the edge of their seats at U23s games, scoring four goals in 20 games, with a stocky build and aggressive streak that help him to compete with older players.
Middleton, a City player since he was 12, used his @Glenn_M22 Twitter account to say: “Awesome 1-0 win for the boys today!! Buzzing to get the goal as well, there’s no better feeling than scoring! Bring on Switzerland.”
Having signed a two-and-a-half-year professional deal when he turned 17 on New Year’s Day and been named on the bench in the FA Cup at Southampton, City are clearly aware of the talent they have on their hands.