Nathan Tormey has had to be very patient to get to this point, having endured long spells out injured in addition to being left out on many occasions when fully fit.
Now, though, the winger is finally a regular in the starting lineup for Arsenal U23s, with Xavier Amaechi’s departure to Hamburg having helped him greatly in that regard.
Tormey, after featuring prominently throughout pre-season for Steve Bould’s new-look side, has started the first two league games this campaign and managed to get on the scoresheet in the victory at home to Brighton & Hove Albion last week as he slotted the ball into the back of the net having been teed up by Folarin Balogun.
The 19-year-old, who is usually deployed on the right flank, possesses excellent close control and electric speed, while he is also very tactically aware.
Reiss Nelson was in the same scholarship intake as Tormey yet while the former is starting games for Arsenal in the Premier League, the latter is only now beginning to establish himself as a key performer for the U23s.
That is certainly not Tormey’s fault, with his aforementioned injury struggles having slowed his progress, but the youngster is now finally getting regular chances to prove his worth.
Tormey is in line to start when the U23s continue their campaign on Friday with a game against Everton at Emirates Stadium.
It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that, should he continue to catch the eye for the U23s, Tormey could be included in first-team training sessions for cup games, and he could even end up being named amongst the substitutes if other players are unavailable.
For now, having had to wait so long for his chance, Tormey is simply relishing playing again.