Barcelona great Xavi believes Riqui Puig is ready for senior football following the teenager's sparkling pre-season displays.
Puig, 18, featured off the bench in three International Champions Cup matches and was branded "extraordinary" by AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso.
Ernesto Valverde has attempted to keep a lid on expectations and the Barca boss is not short on midfield options with new signings Arthur and Arturo Vidal expected to compete for starting spots.
Xavi, though, is calling for the diminutive Puig to remain in the first-team picture.
"I am very happy because when I see him playing we can see the total Barca schooling that we like so much.
"[He has] that particular DNA of our game and that is so complex to find in specific players. He sees the play right away, he knows what he has to do at all times and he is intelligent.
"The truth is that he is a boy who breathes talent and who plays easy. He has self-confidence, personality, does not hide and asks for the ball.
"I'm very happy although, as Valverde says, it's still very early."