Some Sheffield Wednesday fans are expressing their excitement after the teenage striker Preslav Borukov was seen with the first-team squad in London.
Borukov signed for Wednesday from Levski Sofia in 2016 and has impressed for the Owls’ development sides.
But a senior bow has so far eluded the Bulgaria U21 international.
That could soon change, however, after Borukov was filmed at the team hotel on Thursday by the Sheffield Wednesday assistant coach Lee Bullen.
Like all newcomers, the 19-year-old was made to perform an initiation song for his colleagues.
And though his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud is unlikely to impress the X-Factor judges, those present certainly seemed to enjoy it.
Ed Sheeran or Preslav Borukov? Can’t tell difference #swfc pic.twitter.com/tqamWY7WYJ
— cam (@camward02) January 23, 2020
Speaking earlier this week, the Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk insisted that his side are looking to progress to the FA Cup fifth round.
But changes are expected at QPR following Saturday’s shock 5-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.
After Steven Fletcher’s injury created a vacancy in the Wednesday attack, Borukov’s chances of featuring at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium have surely increased.
And several of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion seem to agree…
Looking forward to seeing this guy play
— k (@klm35097632) January 24, 2020
Better play Borukov tonight need to see what he’s about #swfc
— Daniel Archer 🦉 (@danielarcher92) January 24, 2020
About time he was given a chance.
— Danny (@danieljhayes3) January 24, 2020
Great to see Preslav Borukov getting picked for 1st team action 🙌🏽 #swfc
— Ulrik of Fenris (@OfUlrik) January 24, 2020
Looking forward to seeing Borukov tonight 🙌🏻
— Connor McMain (@_ConnorMcMain) January 24, 2020
@swfc @GarryMonk start Borukov
— Ryan 🦉 (@rymortttt1) January 24, 2020
Bout time Borukov got a chance
— David Williams (@cheesy1980) January 23, 2020
In the previous round against Brighton and Hove Albion, Monk gave a debut to the teenage defender Osaze Urhoghide, who kept his place for the forthcoming league games against Leeds United and Blackburn.