Since his arrival from Sampdoria for £26.5m this summer, Lucas Torreira has been eased into action by Unai Emery.
The Arsenal boss was aware he was coming back late from the World Cup and into a new league with different demands from Serie A.
In recent games though, the Uruguayan has been handed starts and has impressed fans, pundits and his manager who was full of praise for him after his display in the 5-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday
Speaking afterwards, Emery is pleased with how the 22 year old is willing to learn and apply those lessons to his game.
“It’s his first season here at this level but he was playing in Italy which is a very hard competition also,” said the Spaniard.
“He is playing also with his national team, against big teams. And here, I think with his process he’s doing very well.
“The first is his humility to work every day, to listen, to learn. He is playing today in the middle, then right in the 4-4-2 and his performance is the same.
“I think his career is just starting and we want to do it with him, he can do it with us, giving us and giving him the best performances at the best level.”
Against Fulham Torreira led Arsenal with 6 interceptions and 8 ball recoveries, and added an energy and bite to midfield that fans have long yearned for.
It’s early days of course, but if he keeps up this progression that transfer fee will look like an absolute bargain.