Competition for places out wide in Arsenal’s U21 team is fierce, as Joel Ideho knows all too well.
The 19-year-old has struggled to secure a regular starting berth, with the likes of Amario Cozier-Duberry, Charles Sagoe Jr and Kido Taylor-Hart all in contention, while Nathan Butler-Oyedeji is also capable of playing out wide.
Recently, though, Ideho appears to have taken some significant steps forward in his development.
Arsenal usually use the U21 Premier League Cup as a chance to rotate their squad, and Ideho has seized his opportunity in that competition as he scored against Swansea City before netting a superb brace against Burnley.
Ideho has been in danger of being labelled as a moments player in that he is capable of scoring some incredible goals but has found consistency in terms of overall performances difficult to come by.
Not for the first time in his youth career, Ideho scored a goal from just inside his own half in a pre-season friendly for the U21s against St Albans.
Now, the former Ajax youngster is determined to show that he can be a reliable performer.
Ideho was rewarded with a start for the U21s against Liverpool yesterday and certainly made the most of it as he scored in a 1-1 draw.
The hope now is that Ideho will be able to make a regular impact for the U21s and still maintain his penchant for producing spectacular moments.