Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hailed Welsh youngster of Ghanaian descent Ethan Ampadu following his Man-of-the-Match performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday.
On his second start since making his Blues debut against Nottingham Forest in September, the 17-year-old lasted for the entire duration as the 2012 European champions recorded a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
He was booked after just the first minute of the game, but admirably kept his head above water in the quarter-final fixture.
"After one minute and 40 seconds the ref decided to book a player who is 17 years old. Ampadu played the whole game with this problem," Conte said.
"That’s not easy. He had to play 93 minutes with this danger, but he showed great maturity and personality.
"I have spoken about this player before in an enthusiastic way. Despite his young age, he is showing great maturity.
"I don’t like to make gifts for someone. If you deserve to, I am ready to play you."
Born to a father of Ghanaian descent and a Welsh mother, Ampadu currently has two senior caps - both friendlies - for Wales.
Nonetheless, he is still eligible to represent the Black Stars at senior level due to his lack of competitive action for The Dragons.
He was on the bench on four occasions in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, and an appearance could have ruled out the possibility of a switch of international allegiance.