Mehdi Abeid was handed a rare start for Newcastle United in the Capital One Cup last night, and seized the opportunity.
The 22-year-old has so far failed to establish himself at the club since signing in 2012 from Lens, sent out on loan to both St Johnstone and Panathaniakos.
He will not have faced a midfield more daunting in his career than he did last night, coming up against experienced stars including Ballon d'Or nominee Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and James Milner.
Newcastle pulled off a momentous win in the context of their poor season so far, with a 2-0 away victory sending them into the quarter-finals.
There were standout performances all over the pitch, but Abeid's was one of the most notable.
He made five tackles, while opponent Yaya Toure made only one, also making two interceptions, to Toure's one.
Abeid completed 89 per cent of his passes, and created one goalscoring chance. Toure topped that in both categories, with 95 per cent completed and four chances created, but it was to little effect with City failing to find the scoresheet.
In all his time at Newcastle, Abeid has never started in the Premier League, but after a solid performance against highly rated opponents, he will feel he has staked a real claim.
There are many positives for the club to take from the win, but the emergence of a genuine option, a long-term investment being ready to step up, may be the biggest.