There have been few teenagers in the Sky Bet Championship during the 2018/19 season to make more of an impact than Jayden Bogle.
The 18-year-old ended the campaign with 50 first-team appearances to his name, having only made his debut in August in the Carabao Cup in the victory over Oldham Athletic.
From there, Bogle made the right-back position his own.
His nine assists during the season was the most of any Rams player, with his most recent coming at Wembley Stadium to set up Jack Marriott to score against Aston Villa in the Play-Off Final.
Academy Director Darren Wassall and Professional Development Phase Coach Justin Walker have watched the youngster flourish and admit that although his impressive season may not have been predicted so soon, they explained his temperament is key to how far he has come.
“He had potential, but I don’t think anyone in pre-season would have thought he’d play 50 first-team games this season,” Wassall said.
“It’s testament to his character, talent and resilience to be effectively an Under-19 player playing that many games in the Championship.
“At times you never know how a player will react until you throw them in there. He’s had highs and lows, more highs of course, but his temperament has allowed him to handle the occasion.
“He’s very much in the mould of Jeff Hendrick and Will Hughes in not where they just talented players but they could handle themselves in the progression to the first-team from the Academy.”
Bogle arrived at Derby County as a 16-year-old from Swindon Town ahead of the 2016/17 season where he joined Walker’s side as a scholar.
The Under-18s boss explained that the desire to learn and improve is instilled in the young defender and that his been critical in his rise into senior football where he has bounced back from set-backs but also handled the high-points well.
His performances this season have also earned him his first international call-up with the England Under-20s for the Toulon Tournamant in France this summer.
He said:“Jayden has had a tremendous season and he has established himself as a first-team player.
“You can’t say enough about him and how well he’s done. He’s learnt on the job if you like and adapted from life in the Under-18s to the first-team.
“He has adjusted magnificently and performed well in one of the toughest leagues in the world.
“He’s had some tough tests and moments too, but he’s come through the other side. His temperament and character are good and credit to him.
“He was always hard working in the Under-18s and determined to push himself. He always wanted to learn, and I am thrilled for him, as we all are at the club.”