Duncan Watmore trained with Sunderland's first-team in Dick Advocaat's first session as manager, according to the Shields Gazette.
The youngster has been threatening to make the breakthrough for some time and the report suggests that he could be in line to make his Premier League debut against West Ham United this weekend.
Advocaat is still assessing the quality at his disposal, but it is thought that Watmore has been recommended to him by assistant manager Paul Bracewell.
The 21-year-old winger has been tipped to make the grade at the Stadium of Light for some time, but Gus Poyet appeared reluctant to use him during his time at the club.
The Uruguayan boss had said in the Chronicle that Watmore would receive his first league appearance this season, but he appeared reluctant to actually give the youngster his opportunity.
Advocaat, though, may be more open to change and it appears that Watmore will, at least, be on the substitutes' bench against West Ham this weekend.
If he does get onto the field, the hope is that Watmore's direct threat will enhance Sunderland's attacking quality and that he can become their secret weapon as they fight against the drop.