Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hinted that youngster Tyias Browning could be ready to make the step-up to becoming a regular first-team player.
Browning has been given his first taste of Premier League football this campaign, coming off the bench against the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, and Martinez has clearly been impressed by his displays.
The defender possesses great speed and energy and the Spaniard is seemingly thinking about utilising it more often now Browning has proved that he is ready for the challenge.
"I think he is ready”, Martinez said in a press conference today.
“The challenge with Tyias that we had is that whether he could cope with the big environment."
“And obviously throwing him in the derby and then allowing him to come out at Old Trafford is a clear example that he is ready for it."
Browning's only senior experience prior to his collection of substitute appearances this season has been on loan at Wigan Athletic so he is being entrusted to make a big step-up.
That said, Everton are short of numbers at the back after injury has led to a number of key players being sidelined.
Browning is one of the players who can benefit from this and he will be hoping to make an impression if given a chance.
The right-back looks a stronger choice than Tony Hibbert for the berth, whilst Seamus Coleman remains injured.
Everton's defence has been the weakest area of their team over the opening of the season, which has not gone according to plan.
The Toffees were supposed to be challenging near the top of the Premier League table, but they are struggling to meet expectations and the pressure is on to improve soon.
The Merseyside outfit take on Aston Villa this weekend and they will be determined to pick up the three points to accelerate them up the league table.