Promising young star and LFE apprentice Fabio Jalo made his League One debut for Barnsley in their 1-0 loss at Morecambe on Saturday, coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes at the Mazuma Stadium.
It was the 16-year-old’s fourth taste of professional football this season, having already appeared for Michael Duff’s side in the Carabao Cup and Papa Johns Trophy.
The Portuguese has impressed heavily for Barnsley’s Academy since arriving from Benfica in 2020, and was rewarded with his first professional contract in July after netting 27 goals last season for the U18s and picking up the Academy Player of the Year award.
The Oakwell faithful have high hopes for the Lisbon born midfielder, despite the teenager having been restricted to little First Team action so far this season.
Speaking to the website Football League World, Barnsley superfan Joe Beardsall said: “I think Fabio Jalo is a serious talent that Barnsley have got. We have got an absolute gem of a young player but he is still 16-years-old and it’s really important that we manage that well and that we don’t expect too much of him at his age and we don’t throw him in at the deep end.“