Hibs have plenty of academy prospects coming through the ranks at Easter Road right now. Oli Shaw, Sean Mackie, Fraser Murray and Lewis Allan are just a small selection of names who look to have bright futures in Leith.
Without a doubt the most promising of the lot though is Ryan Porteous. Having recently turned 20, the centre-half has maturity beyond his years and will be a Hibs mainstay for years to come.
He enjoyed a fruitful first half of the season before an injury against Motherwell in January ended it. It was a major blow for the Hibees as Porteous had been one of their better players up until that point.
Despite now being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, the 20-year old deserves a young player of the year nomination. Sure he hasn’t played as many games as the likes of Kieran Tierney and David Turnbull will by the end of the season, but his impact during the first half of the campaign was unquestionable.
For that alone, he at least deserves his name in the hat.
Porteous will come back stronger
Porteous first broke onto the first team scene at Hibs in 2017, following impressive spells in the youth system and out on loan at Edinburgh City. In his first season he made six appearances and became a regular squad player. He also led the development side to a league and cup double.
It’s this season though where the defender has made his presence known. Porteous’ physical attributes of strength and a quick turn of pace make him an exceptionally hard opponent to get past.
Not only that but he is a threat going forward. In 22 Hibs appearances he has four goals, not a bad record for a young centre-half.
Hibs have only kept two clean sheets since Porteous’ injury. They have kept eight in the 16 times he has played in the league this season. If there was ever a stat to tell you how important the defender is to the future of Hibs then this is it.
He might only have played 16 league games this campaign but Porteous deserves a nod in the annual awards for the impact he had earlier this term. He looks like captain material at Easter Road and could become a future Scotland international in the coming years.
Paul Heckingbottom won’t see his young star in action until next season.
His major role in the first six months of Hibs’ season suggests he will be a major asset at Easter Road for years to come. For that he should be nominated as one of the countries best young players this term.