Of the three Arsenal youngsters to make their first-team debuts against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday, Bukayo Saka was the youngest and, perhaps, the one most likely to eventually make the breakthrough at the club.
There is, of course, still a very long way to go for that to become a reality and even once a player has broken into the first-team it is another matter entirely to become the undisputed first-choice in a position, as Kieran Gibbs found out.
Saka, though, is certainly moving in the right direction so far, especially when it is considered that he only turned 17 in September.
The Hale End product, who is usually deployed as a left winger but can also play at left-back, is used to playing above his age group, as evidenced by the fact that he featured prominently for the U18s last season when he was still a schoolboy.
This season Saka has stepped up to become an important part of Freddie Ljungberg’s U23 side, catching the eye with his pace and ability to deliver teasing low crosses into the penalty area with regularity.
One of the key qualities that Saka possesses is that he is fearless, something which was apparent in his substitute appearance against Vorskla as he sought to make an impact.
The final Europa League group game, at home to Qarabag, could see Saka receive another runout and next season he will seek to push on even further, perhaps featuring in the Carabao Cup.
Saka has demonstrated that he is capable of adapting quickly to different situations, fulfilling the tactical requirements demanded of him by Ljungberg this season, with the youngster tracking back with regularity.
Between now and the end of the campaign, Saka will seek to improve even further, buoyed by the fact that Unai Emery has already shown faith in him.