At the age of just 18, and with only nine Championship appearances to his name, Teddy Bishop is the latest academy graduate at Ipswich Town to be tipped for the very top.
The Portman Road production line has produced a steady stream of talent down the years, with the likes of Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and Connor Wickham having stepped out of their academy ranks.
Burdening players of such potential with talk of Premier League stardom is never a good idea, with unnecessary amounts of pressure placed on young shoulders.
Sometimes, though, you have to say it as you see it, with it impossible ignore promise when it is being showcased on a very public stage.
Ipswich have wasted little time in throwing Bishop in at the deep end, with the youngster having to sink or swim in the second-tier pool.
He has risen to the surface in impressive fashion and is now being billed as a Premier League star of the future by those working with him in Suffolk.
Cole Skuse said in the East Anglian Daily Times: “I think he could play in the Premier League tomorrow. I’m not saying I want somebody to come and sign him tomorrow – he can stay here for the time being! I’m just saying I think he could play in the Premier League tomorrow because he’s that good.”
Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has added: “Let me tell you, all the scouts come and watch, all the warning signals have gone up with them seeing him play.”
Unfortunately for McCarthy, Bishop is not the only talent on his books to be drawing top-flight talk.
Highly-rated full-back Tyrone Mings continues to be linked with Arsenal, while hot-shot frontman David McGoldrick was the subject of a big-money bid from Leicester City over the summer.
It could be that all three are targeted in January, with Bishop’s ball-playing abilities likely to have been noted from St James’ Park to St Mary’s.
Ipswich were, however, able to get him to commit to a new contract in September so if there are to be any sales in the New Year, buying clubs will have to dig a little deeper than they might have hoped.