Timothy Fosu-Mensah produced a solid performance at right back on his second performance for Holland as the Oranje claimed a 0-1 win in a friendly against Scotland.
The Dutchman, who joined Crystal Palace on loan back in August, made his senior debut back in September during a 4-0 defeat to France.
And he was handed another opportunity to impress on the international stage after Kenny Tete pulled out of the squad with injury.
Needless to say, Fosu-Mensah took his chance with aplomb, minimising the threat posed going forward by Liverpool’s Andy Robertson and moving the ball around with confidence.
He enjoyed a relatively trouble free first half, which saw former red Memphis Depay, who now has more goals in nine appearances than he managed in 18 miserable months at Old Trafford, net a tap in just before half time in an otherwise uneventful first period that saw both sides struggle to create meaningful chances.
The second half was a different story, however, with the home side, spearheaded by impressive youngster John McGinn, ramping up their attacking efforts in search of an equaliser.
And Fosu-Mensah, playing alongside Daley Blind, was up to the challenge, making a series of important blocks and keeping the space on Holland’s right hand side remarkably tight even when the game opened up early on.
Players of Fosu-Mensah’s build – not especially tall but packed with muscle – can often take time to reach top speed, but the youngster is remarkably quick out of the blocks and could, you sense, maintain the same level of intensity for 180 minutes.
Both Crystal Palace and the Dutch national team are sad places at this moment in time, but Fosu-Mensah is learning and developing fast nonetheless. Adversity, after all, nurtures the fighting spirit.