Wales manager John Toshack insists he is 'not surprised' by the progress of young star Joe Ledley.
The 21-year-old is set to win his 20th cap during Wednesday's friendly international against Norway at Wrexham.
Ledley made his Wales debut in 2005 against Poland and ever since the Cardiff midfielder has blossomed for club and country.
Toshack has hinted that Ledley is set for a place on the bench against Norway but he recognises the quality of the youngster, who is believed to be the target of a number of Premier League clubs.
"A lot of clubs were looking at him, I'm aware of that. But I'm not surprised, he has developed into an excellent young player," said Toshack.
"Maybe with the amount of games he has played recently he does not need to start this Wales international.
"We are delighted with his progress - but he is one of a group of lads who will not play the full 90 minutes against Norway.
"Ledley, Sam Ricketts and Simon Davies have played virtually every game this season so they could do with a bit of a rest."
World Cup success
Meanwhile, Toshack has suggested that - if he can maintain a fully fit squad - Wales could have a successful qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup.
"We are without Craig Bellamy, Danny Gabbidon, James Collins and Gareth Bale (against Norway), who would all be first choices for us," Toshack added.
"That's a hard burden to carry but I honestly believe that with the large amount of good young players coming through, we have a decent chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals.
"I do feel confident and if our top stars are with us we can produce a good blend and a potentially winning side."