The Arsenal right back is already proving his class, being defensively than Seamus Coleman, and better going forward than Nathaniel Clyne.
Much like several other young players have done this season, Arsenal's young Spanish full back Hector Bellerin has seemingly come from nowhere to prove that he is not just a player of Premier League quality, but also, already one of the best in his position.
Having made his debut in the League Cup last season, the 20-year-old has seemingly grabbed his chance at Arsenal with both hands after making his first start of the campaign away to Borussia Dortmund in September.
Sparse appearances followed, and Bellerin didn't really seize his place in the team until January this year, when he put together a run of four starts in a row after deputising for the injured Matheiu Debuchy from the bench against Stoke. Since that game, the former Barcelona defender has started all but three league games for Arsenal, meaning that Calum Chambers, who had such a promising early spell in the season has had to watch from the bench while Arsenal's first choice right-back remains out injured.
In fact, moving into next season, it looks like the young Spaniard may have batted away two of England's finest young defenders, with England Under-21 star Carl Jenkinson also likely to be behind him in the running for a starting berth.
It will be interesting to see what Wenger does when he has all of his defenders available, as Debuchy will turn 30 this summer, and Bellerin and Chambers look like having long, outstanding careers ahead of them.
But to see just how impressive the Spain Under-21 international has been in the Premier League this season, we've put together a list of some of the best right backs in the division:
|Position||Team||Goals||Won Contest GAME||Won Tackle GAME||Interception GAME||Touches GAME||Duel Won GAME||Passing Accuracy||Goal Assist||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Pablo Zabaleta||DF||Man City||1||0.23||2.86||1.81||75.73||6.72||86.46%||3||22||1956|
Though Bellerin has fewer minutes than many of his more illustrious rivals, the Arsenal defender already has already contributed to three goals for his side (2 goals, 1 assist), an encouraging amount in 13 games.
The reason why Arsene Wenger likes the Spaniard so much is that he excels not just in an attacking sense, where his speed and quick feet are a great weapon, but also defensively. Seeing Bellerin post better stats when it comes to dribbling past players than any of the fullbacks above, highlights his attacking skill, but he has also made more interceptions than anyone else, and has decent tackling and ground duel won stats - higher than Seamus Coleman, last year's best right back.
Seeing as though this Bellerin's breakout campaign, who knows what he'll be capable of next season?