If you haven’t heard about Chelsea striker Islam Feruz, it’s probably time to wise up.
As can been presumed from his non-sounding Scottish name, Islam Feruz is not a native member of the Tartan Army. The 17-year-old striker was born in Somalia back in 1995, however he moved to Scotland early on in life when he family sought to escape violence in his homeland.
Feruz enrolled in school in Scotland, while at the age of 10 he was spotted by a Celtic talent scout and recruited. From there the forward quickly emerged as a real talent in the Celtic youth setup, and by 2009 Islam was also selected for Scotland’s U17s.
Feruz has since played for all levels of Scotland’s juniors, however he has also jumped ship from his adopted homeland moving from Parkhead to Chelsea in 2011 after rejecting a professional contract with Celtic.
With that background all mapped out, the past month has been incredible for the young centre-forward.
A month ago Feruz turned heads as he scored a match-winning hat-trick for Scotland’s U19s as they beat their Swiss counterparts in a 4-3 thriller.
Last week Feruz was again amongst the goals in the NextGen tournament as the forward grabbed Chelsea’s first two goals in a 6-0 whitewash of Molde.
Feruz swelled his goal tally to seven goals in a month on Wednesday night as he scored both goals for Scotland U21s in a 3-2 loss away at Portugal.
The spring-heeled Chelsea teenager may only be 5ft 7in but he outjumped the Portuguese defence to bullet home Kevin McHattie’s front post corner after just 12 minutes of the match.
It was double trouble soon after as Feruz increased his tally with a goal which was all about power, pace and brute strength. The teenager latched onto Jason Holt’s header before flicking the ball over the outrushing keeper and bullying his way past two defenders to slam home.