Following his breakthrough season at Manchester United, it's become clear that Timothy Fosu-Mensah has a very bright future ahead of him.
The 18-year-old impressed in games against Arsenal and West Ham during Antonio Valencia's absense and was duly rewarded with a new four-year deal in October.
And while game time has proved hard to come by under Jose Mourinho, Fosu-Mensah remains positive and feels grateful for whenever he does play.
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Following September's 1-0 win over Zorya in the Europa League, he told United's official website: "I'm feeling better and better.
"As a footballer, you just want to play football. When you play football, you feel happy. I played against Northampton and I played today and I feel happy."
What will make Fosu-Mensah even happier at the Theatre of Dreams is the fact he can now call his boyhood idol a teammate.
Again, in an interview with Inside United, the right-back recalled a story of watching Daley Blind at Ajax and being given his football boots.
He said: "When I was 14, we would ask the players if we could have their boots and I asked Daley for his.
"His feet were so small and I had much bigger feet than him at the time! I still took them, though.
"I can remember watching Daley play for the Ajax second team. At that time I think I was with the Under-14s or Under-15s.
"And another time I remember him playing for the Under-19s and it was when they had to win to be the champions."
Fosu-Mensah and Blind both joined United in 2014, with the Dutch pair now competing against each other for a starting role in Mourinho's XI.
Much has been made of Fosu-Mensah's strongest position given the teenager has played - and impressed - at right-back, centre-back and central midfield.
Ultimately, he's willing to player anywhere Mourinho asks him to.
"I have played in all the positions so as soon as you play in one it feels normal," he added. "The manager hasn't said to me 'you're a right-back' or 'you're a midfielder', but whenever he needs me I'll be ready."