Harvey Elliott became the youngest footballer to ever feature in the Premier League when he made his debut for Fulham against Wolves on 4 May. The young midfielder certainly has a long career ahead of him, and at the tender age of 16 - born in the year 2003 - the world, quite literally, is his oyster.
That is not to say that everything will be plain sailing for the Chertsey-born starlet, though. There are many factors in which can halt progression in the professional game and at such a young age, it is all about the choices he makes in the forthcoming 5-7 years that will ultimately decide his fate. Not every player is lucky enough to realise their full potential, with unwanted set-backs frequently putting an end to players' career at the very top of the pyramid.
For ex-Fulham left-back Matthew Briggs, this feeling is all too familiar. Once the Premier League's youngest ever debutant - before Elliott's introduction to the fold at the end of last season - the now-28-year-old has fallen out of the professional game all together, and is now plying his trade in the eighth-tier of English football.
Briggs was introduced as a late substitute for Moritz Voltz by former Cottagers manager Lawrie Sanchez in May of 2007, aged 16 years and 68 days. Life was as surreal as it was exciting for Briggs, who at the time was still studying for his GCSE's. The very next day, the wide-eyed teen was back in school with friends, who cheekily vied for his autograph.
Briggs' cameo against Middlesbrough was to be his only first-team appearance for Fulham for another two-and-a-half years, however, as the 16-year-old returned to the youth team. When he did return to the first-team fold in west London, Briggs' career was sadly was riddled with injuries; he remained at the club until 2014 - loaned out to four different Football League club's within four seasons - before departing Craven Cottage permanently for Millwall five years ago, aged 23.
After making just a handful of appearances for the Lions, Briggs was sent out on loan to Colchester United, where he played the most regular professional football of his career to date. The move to north-Essex was made permanent the following summer and Briggs would go on to play over 50 times for the U's spent over two seasons, across two divisions - League One and Two.