Farrend Rawson was named in the Football League's official Team of the Week after playing an integral part in Rotherham United's 2-0 away win at Birmingham City.
The 19-year-old defender earned the plaudits for keeping the in-form Clayton Donaldson quiet, as the Blues drew a blank in the game that saw the Millers climb out of the relegation zone.
Rawson, who has only been fit to feature in Rotherham's last four games, has recorded a 1.75 points-per-game average in the matches he has played for the Millers and continues to grow his reputation among supporters.
He will now have to prove his consistency as he is earmarked as a key player in the club's fight to stay up.
How Rawson can become a regular for Derby as early as next season:
Although the Rams have a lot of experienced centre-backs, notably Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh and former Burnley captain Jason Shackell, the rise of Rawson will not be ignored by Derby head coach Paul Clement.
As he is still a teenager, yet to prove his consistency at a first-team level, it is unlikely that he will be recalled this season in order to help the East Midlands side with their promotion push. However, it is likely he will be given the chance to prove himself as a potential first-team prospect upon his return in the summer.
If he continues to impress in the Championship with Rotherham, like he has done over the past two seasons, he could well become a regular in the Derby side as early as next year.
Given his age and potential, it would be foolish of Clement not to try and nurture Rawson by giving him regular game time in order to help him become an established defender capable of playing at the top level.