Professional players don't make cross field passes if there's no one there. There's either a player there or there's a player making a run in that direction. The player making the pass has too much field of vision to hit a cross field pass to someone that's not there.
Mate he's 20. Not 25. Loads of players don't breakthrough til their early 20s. Our perception is often warped by teenage superstars who break through really early but the reality is most footballers aren't involved with Championship/prem 1st teams in their teenage years.
But surely that is the point - if he was any good he would have had game time! I hope the lad proves me wrong - however I feel if he makes his name in the game it will be League 2 - or if fortunate league 1