NATHAN Okome has the tools to flourish at 1874 Northwich if he’s given a chance according to a man that observed his improvement last season.

Knutsford chairman Jimmy Evans told the Guardian he believes the teenager is ready to step up to a higher level after an impressive debut campaign with the Cheshire League side.

“I’m not surprised there was interest in him,” he said.

“Nathan’s attitude is spot on, and he has the potential to continue getting better if he can earn for himself a place in the team.”

Okome, who turned 18 in May, made 28 appearances for Reds last term.

A team in transition following a historic double, and under new management, included faces familiar to 1874 supporters with Aaron Clayton, Jack Lever, George Riley and Ben Woods all regulars for them.

However the tall midfielder, captain of Cheshire team that reached the FA County Youth Cup last four, was among their most eye-catching performers.

He played too in the Association of Northern Counties FA Senior Cup final, scoring Knutsford’s second goal in a 3-0 win against Rawdon Old Boys at Vauxhall Motors.

Evans said: “He played in the middle of a back three for Cheshire, which shows he is versatile.

“But his energy, which helps him cover so much ground, made him an important part of our midfield.

“He’s still pretty inexperienced in men’s football, which is why he needs to keep gaining as much experience as possible, but 1874 have got themselves a terrific prospect.”