There is no doubting that individual talent that Emily Whelan possesses, it is just a question of how good she can be as a team player.

Since breaking through with Shelbourne's Under-17 team, the dynamic attacker has been the talk of many exciteable conversations about the best young players in the country. She has all of the tools required to be a game-winner in every game that she plays.

It is that quality that convinced Vera Pauw to start the teenager away to Greece last year in a UEFA Women's EURO qualifier. There was something about Whelan that screamed 'give her the ball and she will do the rest'. Of course, young players don't always keep up that kind of consistency so it would be unfair to expect it every week.

For example, it took Whelan until the fifth game of the 2020 Women's National League to get her first goal - yet when it arrived it was the game-winner against Wexford Youths. She can make valuable contributions like that, it's just about fine-tuning her overall impact throughout a game.

It is something that Shels manager Dave Bell is working with her on. In his view, Whelan will fulfill her potential when she masters the roles of leading the line through the middle and operating from a wider position.

"I think Emily needs to learn both positions as she goes through her career now. At the highest level, players need to be able to interchange positions and that's what we have been trying to work on with Emily," said Bell.

"If we just keep playing her through the middle then she won't learn the game in other positions and that may not help her for future reference. She is learning to change from the left to right and her game is improving in that respect without doubt.

"The game is changing and forward players need to learn how to play in different parts of the pitch at different times. She has a great attitude and if she continues to learn then she will go on to become a really top player in this League and for Ireland.

"I think Emily, along with Jess Ziu, Rebecca Cooke and Izzy Atkinson, have the ability to go on and become Ireland senior internationals for many years to come. They are all maturing and developing, which is great for Shelbourne, but there is still a lot for them to do."