Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes Anthony Knockaert is capable of playing in the Premier League.
The Frenchman has made a big impact since arriving at the King Power Stadium from French side Guingamp in the summer.
Knockaert's performances, most notably his incredible double against today's opponents Huddersfield when the teams met in Yorkshire in October, have led to rumours that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could be looking at a £5m swoop for him in the January transfer window.
Pearson, who has stated that his French star is "unavailable", believes he has a bright future ahead of him.
"For a young lad to come into this country and try and get used to a different culture, the tempo and relentless nature of the Championship is quite difficult to acclimatise to," said Pearson.
"I think he's done very well so far. Clearly he is a very creative player and he has got a bright future. We know that we have got a player who is capable of playing at the next level and, hopefully, it will be with us."
Peasrson also insisted that Knockaert was still very much a work in progress.
The skilful winger has, at times, frustrated fans, who claim he often tries one trick too many.
"As it is with most young players, you have got to be patient with them," said Pearson.
"Sometimes I think the expectation that is put on young players is a little bit false.
"Like everyone else, there is always going to be room for improvement, and areas that he can tweak to make his game even more effective."