Connor Ogilvie is not wasting his chance to make a positive impression out on loan away from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 21-year-old moved to League One Gillingham in the summer and, after making his 17th appearance of the season in an impressive 3-1 away win at Rotherham United, the club’s caretaker manager Steve Lovell was effusive in his praise.
"I told him in training on Friday that I think he is a better centre-half than left-back,” Lovell told Kent Online of Ogilvie, a full-back who starred in the heart of The Gills' injury-hit defence at Rotherham.
“I said he would get his opportunity and it happened. He came on and was magnificent. He won all his headers, he defended well and the boys gave him a round of applause and that lifts people.
“Connor isn’t the loudest but he goes about his business in a professional way and I was really pleased for him to come on and play the way he did."
It’s this sort of versatility that could make Ogilvie a valuable commodity in the senior game. And, after signing fellow Spurs youngster Josh Onomah on a similar loan deal in the summer, Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce should keep an eye on another highly-rated talent emerging from North London.
Neil Taylor is the only senior left-back option available to Villa at the moment, a problem exacerbated by Neil Taylor’s recent suspension. Right-sided Alan Hutton was forced to play out of position on the opposite side.
And with veterans John Terry and Chris Samba only signing one-year deals at Villa Park in the summer, Bruce would surely welcome a little extra youth in the centre of his defence moving forward.
Ogilvie’s adaptability, then, should convince Bruce to keep an eye on his development at Gillingham. If the former England Under-17 international proves he belongs at a higher level than League One, following in the footsteps of Onomah wouldn’t be a bad idea.