Chelsea handed a start to young talent Ruben Loftus-Cheek against West Brom and he was one of their few players to impress.
The reigning champions were defeated 3-0 at the Hawthorns, and Loftus-Cheek's job was made tougher by an early red card for midfield teammate Cesc Fabregas.
Loftus-Cheek, 19, was making his second Premier League start of the season, having played an hour against Liverpool a week ago.
He featured for 72 minutes against West Brom and acquitted himself well, even if it was not a night he will remember positively from a result perspective.
The teenager touched the ball 85 times, and completed 92 per cent of his passes. During a tough away game in which his side lost, the statistics stand up well to his credit.
He created one goalscoring chance, while having one shot on goal which landed off target. He did not make a single tackle but did make one interception.
Loftus-Cheek's display was enough to offer Chelsea fans encouragement that he can make the step up from their youth system and play a role next season.
With Izzy Brown, Dominic Solanke and Nathan Ake on the cusp too, he is not the only one, but he does appear to be the player at the forefront of Jose Mourinho's mind.
Here is a look at how fans reacted to his performance against West Brom...
All this about wba winning...fair enough but ruben loftus cheek looks absolutely class. Please let him be part of the first team next year— Phil Davies (@phillisd) May 18, 2015
Another strong performance by the young Ruben Loftus-Cheek— Bodicandi (@NihSean) May 18, 2015
Loftus-Cheek could easily replace Mikel by the way..Kid is class without doing anything outstanding— Craigos (@Craigos0) May 18, 2015
Ruben Loftus-Cheek with Matić in the holding midfield and fabregas ahead of them would be a class midfield with endless amounts of wingers— Jonathan Brooks (@JonayBrooks) May 18, 2015
Loftus-Cheek looks more composed on the ball than Ramires or Mikel. Give him time and he is going to be a big player for us.— Harry (@Harry_Hazard) May 18, 2015
Great game from Loftus - Cheek. Enjoyed watching him play. Definitely has HUGE potential. Buzzing for Izzy Brown & Ake too !— King Muller Chelsea (@kingmuller74) May 18, 2015
And one more thing ,Loftus Cheek what a player we have There!— Mark Lee Mewes (@Chelseafan1985) May 18, 2015
Loftus Cheek was our best player to be fair— albz (@Albz03) May 18, 2015