For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. St Mirren starlet Ethan Erhahon is next on the agenda.
Still only 18, Erhahon is one the Premiership’s most exciting young talents, and most experienced for his age. It’s somewhat surprising that his name has flown largely under the radar since breaking out as a 16-year-old.
A fast start to life in black and white has been taken down a gear or two this season. The versatile Buddie will look to kick that back up to full steam in 2020.
In at the deep end
Erhahon made his Buddies debut against Falkirk during the Buddies’ Championship winning season. It displayed how highly the Paisley club thought of the versatile youngster and 18/19 was big for him.
Perhaps it was too much of a leap though. Alan Stubbs’ reign heading into Oran Kearney’s time at the club brought about more minutes for him. Last term, he played 22 senior games.
Capable of playing at full-back and in midfield, it was a baptism of fire for the youngster in what was his first full season as a pro. Moments of inexperience were inevitable and showed but he still put in a shift.
It caught the eye of Kearney who fielded the 18-year-old plenty of times. He told the Daily Record in November last year: “I have seen enough of Ethan in the past six weeks to have a fair idea of the type of player and the type of career he can have.
“He showed his ability as a 17-year-old to go on and have that type of game. He is a cracking lad but he will still be the first to admit that there are areas of his game that he can improve.
“He can still develop off the pitch as well with things like his physicality. He needs to get to the gym and things like that will make a huge difference over the next couple of seasons.”
Back in action?
His talent is undoubted and Erhahon’s definitely a future regular in Paisley. That being said, so much action in a tense season seems to have burned-out Erhahon a bit and Jim Goodwin clearly wants to stage his development too.
Erhahon’s not featured once this term in senior action, outwith games in the Challenge Cup. He’s either been injured or not selected, with his minutes coming with the Buddies’ Reserve side.
It’ll be frustrating no doubt for the teenager given that he was thrown in regularly last term but perhaps it’s for the best. There are high hopes for him and St Mirren will want to make sure they get the best out of him.
In 2020 though first-team football will be his aim. Whilst it doesn’t look likely this season, heading into the summer months, Erhahon will be another year older and hopefully a bit fresher.
Then he can stake his place for a spot alongside academy products like Kyle Magennis, Cammy MacPherson, Kyle McAllister and now Scott Glover in the Buddies first-team.
Building up his physicality will be key to this as a big year beckons for Erhahon in Paisley.