Frank Lampard has hinted teen sensation Billy Gilmour can already challenge for a place in Chelsea's full-strength starting XI.
Gilmour won his second man-of-the-match award in five days as Chelsea thumped Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The 18-year-old Scot backed up his stellar showing from Tuesday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool to rubber stamp his arrival at the highest level.
And now Blues boss Lampard has admitted Gilmour has all the credentials to command a starting berth, even when N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are all back in action.
"He's receiving the ball in difficult areas on the pitch where if you don't move it quickly, firstly you don't get the rhythm of our play, it breaks down for you; and secondly if you give it away in those areas it's dangerous," said Lampard.
"So you need confidence, you need balls to do that. And Jorginho has it, and Billy has it.
"One of the most pleasing things for me with Billy today was that he showed those balls in the first half, but then when he stepped up into a higher midfielder role he instantly took it on board, arriving in their box, playing balls all around the pitch.
"So he showed that he can do both which again is a great thing for me, when I'm thinking about how the midfield looks at times."
Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud all found the net as Chelsea thrashed Everton for their biggest Premier League winning margin under boss Lampard.
The Blues' hefty victory was all the more startling given the absence of seven frontline stars, with Gilmour stepping up again due to Kante and Kovacic's injuries and Jorginho's suspension.