This week may have provided the closest indication yet that Tottenham Hotspur youngster Kyle Walker-Peters is considered part of the first team squad.
The 18-year-old was training with the first team on Wednesday, mixing it with none other than head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who joined in the session.
Yet perhaps an even bigger indicator of where he stands, was that on the very same day he was missing from the under-21 squad which played in Stevenage later that evening against Middlesbrough, a game they lost 2-1.
Walker-Peters has been a regular for the under-21 side this season making 18 appearances, and was an unused substitute in the recent 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.
The right-back is an England under-19 international and has made good progress this season, and while he may not get a first team debut with the team in the thick of a title challenge, evidently he is close, and in a different scenario he could be more likely to get a chance.
His path to the first team won't be easy, with near namesake Kyle Walker first choice, and Kieran Trippier impressing particularly in the second half of the season.
His involvement could have implications for Sunderland loanee DeAndre Yedlin, who is technically third choice for the right-back spot at the club, but may find himself competing even for this spot upon his return with Walker-Peters.