Jayden Bogle enjoyed a stunning breakthrough season during Derby County’s 2018/19 campaign - and a year on the right-back is already feeling like a veteran in the Rams’ side.
The 19-year-old made 50 appearances over the course of last season and was a near ever-present in the side under former manager Frank Lampard.
His impressive performances saw him crowned as the club’s Young Player of the Year and he also landed a call-up to the England Under-20 squad.
Bogle has remained a permanent fixture in the side in 2019/20 under Phillip Cocu, recovering from an early-season knee injury to rack up 38 outings so far with two league games remaining.
The Academy graduate is one of several youngsters to have come through the club’s successful youth set-up to establish themselves as first-team regulars under Cocu.
Max Bird, Jason Knight and Louie Sibley have excelled under the Dutchman, while fellow graduates Max Lowe, Lee Buchanan, Morgan Whittaker, Jordan Brown and Jahmal Hector-Ingram have recorded minutes in the Sky Bet Championship this term.
Bird, Knight and Sibley in particular have been key players in the second half of the campaign and Knight and Sibley combined have weighed in with ten goals between them.
Bogle, who turns 20 later this month, admits he already feels like an old head in the Derby squad compared to several of the youngsters who a year ago were part of the club’s title-winning Under-18s side.
Speaking to RamsTV, Bogle said: “It is great to see. I was with them all in the Under-18s and Under-23s so it is great to play with them at first-team level.
“They are younger than me, so I do feel a bit older now, especially in training. I am still young as well and we all get on well and it’s good to see a lot of young players in the squad as well. I think they are all doing fantastic.
“Max Bird has done unbelievable in midfield playing next to Wayne Rooney who has given him a lot of confidence.
“Louie Sibley, as well, has come into the team and offered a lot for us and obviously got his hat-trick at Millwall which was amazing.
“Jason Knight has worked his socks off too. Wherever he plays, on the right, in midfield or on the left, he works hard for the team and it’s great to see.”
Two years ago, Bogle had not recorded a single first-team appearance and was pushing to break into the senior set-up after impressing in the Under-23s.
Ahead of Sunday’s home fixture against Leeds United (2pm kick-off), he has registered 88 professional appearances for the Rams.
To be closing in on 100 senior outings in such a short space of time is something the full-back has described as ‘crazy’.
“It’s crazy to think,” Bogle admitted.
“The last few years have gone quick and there are a lot of games in the Championship.”
He added: “It’s a tough league, so you don’t notice the time go by that fast but it’s crazy to think that two years ago I wasn’t even in the first-team.”
As well as making 88 appearances at first-team level, Bogle has also scored on three occasions – including a stunning long-range strike in Derby’s 4-0 home win over Stoke City back in January 2020.