Arsenal starlet Ainsley Maitland-Niles had a game of two halves at The Emirates as the Gunners beat FC Koln.
Manager Arsene Wenger picked the 20-year-old at wing-back in the first half before switching him into central midfield at the break.
After looking lost in the first 45 minutes, Maitland-Niles began to show what he could do in the second half as Arsenal rallied.
Maitland-Niles played his role in a second half comeback as Arsenal overturned a 1-0 lead to win 3-1.
He touched the ball 88 times and completed 92 per cent of his passes, creating one goalscoring opportunity.
Defensively he got stuck in too, making two interceptions and three clearances.
Only qualifying for the Europa League was clearly disappointing for Arsenal, but by giving first team opportunities to young players they are approaching it in the right way.
Maitland-Niles' display showed promise and the Gunners would be smart to give him further chances as the group stages progress.
Here is a look at how Arsenal fans reacted on Twitter to his performance...
I think Maitland-Niles has played really well tonight— Charles Tilley (@CharlesTilley) September 14, 2017
Got to say we've been much better with Maitland-Niles in the centre mid. He's better than Iwobi and Coquelin in there.— Gooner Graham (@GrahamJSamuels) September 14, 2017
Maitland Niles is such a mature player. Adapts to so many positions with amazing awareness for his age.— nigel (@mashesha008) September 14, 2017
Is it me or did Maitland-Niles make that midfield look decent?— INVINCIBLE (@SPARKLYN_SHY) September 14, 2017
Maitland-Niles has been sharp. Hopefully he sees more first team action as the year goes on.— James Northway (@James_Northway) September 14, 2017
Maitland-Niles is a Fergie type player. Homegrown, with no stand out attribute but a great football brain and a composed player.— Elliott (@ednaardtweets) September 14, 2017
Maitland Niles is a baller— Lucas (@SimplyJordann) September 14, 2017
Maitland Niles playing like a senior player nice. Almost already better than El neny.— Ola Tunde-Adegoke (@tundeNexes) September 14, 2017
Kudos to Maitland Niles, kept growing in the game.Good to see him get 90 minutes. Most versatile player at club &can play multiple positions— Sénor Béllérin (@MeesaiMama) September 14, 2017