The Leeds United player is at an age when he will want to play senior football regularly but where exactly that will be is a big question.
Leeds United fans got to see all six of their new signings in action in the pre-season friendly against Peterborough United on Saturday, but they would have been forgiven for also keeping a close eye on under-21 captain Alex Purver.
The youngster started for the Whites in an unfamiliar right-back role and while his performance prompted mixed reactions from the club’s fans, it threw up an interesting proposition for the campaign ahead.
Purver is one of Leeds’ most impressive young players at under-21 level, but making the step up to the senior side is never easy and even less so if you are charged with playing out of position.
A defensive-minded midfielder may be expected to do a decent job as a full-back yet there is a whole other side to the game that must be mastered, and on occasions Purver was caught out of position.
There was a willingness that comes from his desire to ultimately make it at Elland Road. However on this evidence he is not a suitable option as a right-back when the competitive action kicks off; certainly not with the likes of Gaetano Berardi and Lewie Coyle fighting for a starting place.
That said, the best Purver could hope for – at least in the short term – is a place as a utility man when circumstances dictate.
This summer was always going to be Purver’s big chance to impress and prove he can follow the likes of Coyle and Charlie Taylor into the first-team.
Let’s hope he is not ultimately ruled out simply because he cannot master positions that are not necessarily his forte, because he has proved for Leeds’ second string that he is a very bright prospect.