Everton captain Phil Neville believes the club have produced another 'special' talent in youngster Ross Barkley.
The 17-year-old offered a shining light in an otherwise disappointing 1-0 opening defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, in what was his Premier League debut.
Everton, who boast one of the best youth academy production lines in the country, have high hopes the young midfielder will break into the regular first team.
And Neville, who signed a new two-year extension to his contract on Sunday, has no doubts Barkley has the ability to do just that.
"Ross was outstanding without going too much overboard," said the 34-year-old defender.
"People say bravery is going around kicking and fighting people, but it is taking the ball when you are 1-0 down and showing you can play football and he did that.
"I think everyone is quietly confident we have got something really special.
"This club produce not only good footballers but really good down-to-earth lads and he wants to learn and if he keeps his feet on the ground he has a really good chance.
"Ross is lucky in that he is going to get his chance because that is what the manager does, he gives youth a chance."
Neville admits, as captain, the onus is on him and other senior members of the squad to encourage Barkley's development.
He added: "It is up to us to support him because sometimes young players come on and do take the fight for the team - I have been there myself - and it is something you enjoy.
"At the moment you just say let him play and be free and there will be dips but we have to make sure as experienced players we are there supporting him.
"But he can be well pleased with his debut."