Rhys Norrington-Davies gave Sheffield United fans a glimpse of the future during his latest outing for Wales.
Generally thought of as a left-back or wing-back, Norrington-Davies is actually viewed as a long-term replacement for Jack O’Connell at Bramall Lane.
Which would see the 21-year-old playing on the left side of a back three if the Blades stick with their trusted 3-5-2 formation.
Currently on loan at Stoke City, Norrington-Davies has been impressing at full-back. It was a similar story earlier in the season during a temporary spell at Luton Town.
Yet on the international stage, Blades supporters were shown what they could maybe expect from Norrington-Davies when back in South Yorkshire.
His impressive performances in 2020/21 saw the defender make his senior Wales debut in October. Since then, Norrington-Davies has played four times for his country.
The first three were at wing-back. But on Saturday night, the youngster started in central defence as the Welsh beat Mexico 1-0.
Wales Online described it as a “makeshift backline”. But Norrington-Davies still helped his country keep a clean sheet and beat the nation currently ranked ninth in the world by FIFA.
Wales form further shows potential of Norrington-Davies
There haven’t been many positives for United this season. Currently bottom of the Premier League table and seemingly destined for relegation, they have also lost successful long-term manager Chris Wilder.
However, the form of Norrington-Davies – albeit away from the club – is something to get excited about.
Clearly the Welshman could play anywhere on the left side of defence next term when back with the Blades.
Tying Norrington-Davies down to a contract until 2024 back in December is looking like an increasingly shrewd move.
Whomever eventually takes over as the permanent successor to Wilder will surely have him firmly in their plans for 2021/22.