Fielding sure rising star Will Hughes can hit the heights
FORMER England Under-21 goalkeeper Frank Fielding believes the sky's the limit for Derby County youngster Will Hughes.
Only 17, Hughes has been a regular starter for the first team this season.
He has started 10 of the 11 matches and his composed peformances have caught the eye.
All the big Premier League clubs are aware of the Academy product, who has represented England at under-17 and was on standby for the under-19 friendly against Germany last month.
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Fielding, Hughes' team mate at Derby, has played alongside some of the top young players in the country, including midfielders Jack Wilshire of Arsenal, Manchester United's Tom Cleverley and Jack Rodwell of Manchester City.
Fielding has been impressed by what he has seen of Hughes.
"When he trained with us last season, you could see he had something," said Fielding, who won a dozen under-21 caps.
Fielding added: "When I saw Will play in the final league games of last season against Peterborough United, I thought: 'He has got a hell of a chance'.
"The sky's the limit for him if he keeps his feet on the ground, which he will, because he is in our dressing room and we'll keep an eye on him."
Young players are often loaned out to gain first-team experience.
Fielding had loan spells at five different clubs earlier in his career and says it is a sign of Hughes' talent that he has gone straight into the senior side at Derby.
"There is nothing like playing first-team football week in, week out for gaining experience," Fielding added.
"Players of his age are usually in the youth team and if they do progress, they usually go out on loan to a League Two club to get some experience. But Will is playing Championship football at 17.
"I have seen some good players at 17. I saw Jack Wilshere at 18 and played with him. Will is a breath of fresh air."