Eaton educated Will Donkin, currently, a player for Crystal Palace under 18s has recently been called up to Taiwan’s national team. It’s unknown whether he will take a starting place in their next qualifier for the 2019 Asian Cup in Turkmenistan, considering his age – he’s only 16 – no one should be surprised if he starts on the bench.
The reports coming out of Taiwan’s training camp in Qatar, however, have stated that even if he looks like a boy, he has been a warrior and plays a physical British style unlike Taiwanese players based in Asia. It’s been quoted in the local press that Taiwan’s managers and coaches are extremely pleased with his ability, they knew he was good but so far has surpassed their expectations.
The local press has also been obsessed with sharing inconsequential information about him, such as he speaks basic Mandarin, but can understand more than he can speak, his new nickname is Doughnut Boy, his father is English, and his mother is Taiwanese etc. It was that very mother who contacted the CTFA (Chinese Taipei Football Association) to tell them her boy is eligible to play for the national team.
He is currently in the Under 18 squad at Crystal Palace but he has only played two or three games for them, and has mainly turned out for the Under 16’s. Regardless of his skill level, it’s still a big ask of a boy that age to face Turkmenistan who are the type of team that boot the opposition from pillar to post.
If he plays then that kind of physicality will either make or break him.