Hyundai A-League young player to follow: Nathaniel Atkinson

Nathaniel Atkinson has made an impressive start to his Hyundai A-League career.

Deputising for the suspended Manny Muscat, the teenaged wingback produced an assured display in Melbourne City's 1-0 win over Central Coast Mariners on Sunday night.

Coach Warren Joyce was fulsome in his praise of 18-year-old Atkinson after the youngster's first taste of professional football.

The Tasmanian-born talent (and lifelong Manchester City fan) signed for the Melbourne City youth team last year, having impressed as part of Tasmania's National Training Centre squad.

Atkinson's versatility will play in his favour, with the young prodigy capable of playing fullback, winger or in midfield.

He has blistering pace, which combined with his skill and strength, should see him remain in contention for Melbourne City's match-day squad and playing eleven in the weeks ahead.