Gavin Whyte can hit the big time, says Declan Caddell
Declan Caddell believes Gavin Whyte has the potential to carve out a professional career across the water.
The Crusaders starlet has taken the Danske Bank Premiership by storm this season, terrorising defences from wide areas.
Several clubs are considering a January swoop for the teenager from the Markets, including mid-table Championship side Wolves and Scottish Premier League outfit St Johnstone, who are managed by former Northern Ireland stopper Tommy Wright.
Whyte is being tipped to follow the career path of former Seaview gem Stuart Dallas, who is now impressing at Brentford, currently lying fifth in the Championship. Crusaders fans aren't relishing the prospect of losing their sparkling diamond midway through the season but team-mate Caddell can understand why clubs are keeping track on his progress.
"I tweeted after the first training session I had with Gavin Whyte saying 'look out for this guy - he is going to be a top player'," said the midfielder.
"The lad has a big future in the game and talent oozes out of him. He's still learning and will improve but he's got great pace and technical ability. I've no doubt he could make it across the water and I would say he's very similar to Stuart Dallas in that regard.
"I was talking to Stuarty recently about him and he's a player who is catching the eye. Obviously we want to hang on to him as long as we can but he deserves a chance at a higher level. If he keeps his head down and works hard which is what he's doing then he will become a top player."
Caddell is now working for Maxinutrition, a sports nutrition company and he's helping to supply clubs and gyms with the product to help enhance performance levels.
"It's something which Irish League clubs and all sports clubs can benefit from," he said.
"Top Ireland and England rugby players use the product and it's been proven to work. I'm reaping the benefits of it and other sportspeople can as well."
Meanwhile, the Crues are set to announce the signing of Institute striker Stephen O'Flynn.