When Arsenal signed Calum Chambers for a reported £16million from Southampton, few expected him to be thrown straight into the centre of their defence. But that is exactly what happened as Arsene Wenger trusted the teenager in the absence of Per Mertesacker, and later opted for him to partner the German ahead of Laurent Koscielny.
In short, the versatile 19-year-old is already seemingly a vital component for an Arsenal side who will be hoping to challenge for a number of honours this season; and despite his tender years, he has excelled so far.
Which begs the question: Is Chambers already un-droppable?
To think that the Mertesacker/Koscielny partnership could be broken up so soon after last season’s impressive showings is somewhat bizarre. And surely when it gets to the business-end of the season the two experienced central defenders will be Arsene Wenger’s first-choice pairing.
But perhaps not, because if Chambers is this good already, how good could he become after a full season at the Emirates Stadium?
He has already featured in all three of Arsenal’s matches (including their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas) and during his two league appearances he has completed a remarkable 94% of his passes.
He has also won a headline-worthy 12 duels, along with six tackles, five aerial battles and four interceptions.
Wenger has already shown considerable faith in him, and that faith has been repaid.
Could this be just the start of an outstanding career for Chambers at the club who were smart enough to stump up the cash for him?