Just two years ago Aaron Wan-Bissaka had more surnames than Premier League appearances.
But now the 21-year-old has a £50m price-tag on his head, he’s Manchester United’s No.1 right-back and he’s preparing for a potential England debut.
Wes Brown knows a thing or two about defending having won the Premier League five times, as well claiming a couple of Champions Leagues.
And he now claims Wan-Bissaka has become so good since his £50m summer move from Crystal Palace that wingers are scared to take him on.
“He’s been fantastic, probably the one signing for United who has been most consistent, Brown told Paddy Power News. “He’s started every game, he’s got great athleticism and he’s good in the tackle.
“He’s come from Crystal Palace and people wondered if he’d be good enough for Manchester United and already from the first game it looks like he’s stepping up. He’s enjoying it and it’s where he wants to be.
If he can carry on like that he’s going to be one of the greats in that position.
“He’s only young, he’s level-headed and everything he’s done, tackling, tracking back has been brilliant.
“I’ve even seen some of the better players not dare to have a go at him, they’re turning back and passing it.
“That’s the sort of player he is, no one wants to take him on because he’s going to go with everything.
People say he slides in too much, but I think he times his tackles perfectly.
When you have a player like that and people realise they can’t take him on, it’s an advantage to the team because they start playing back.”
Wan-Bissaka is one of three right-backs in Gareth Southgate’s England squad that will face Bulgaria and Kosovo in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.
He was picked ahead of Manchester City rival Kyle Walker in the squad and is vying for a starting spot with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier.
“It’s tight,” 23-cap former England international Brown said when asked if Wan-Bissaka should start.
I mean Trent is brilliant and Trippier has been brilliant as well. But, I think it will bring out the best in all of them.
“It’s great competition. When I was playing or England we had it at centre-back. It was very hard for the manager so everyone stepped up and got better.
“And it’s the same thing again. Wan-Bissaka is probably not going to start at the moment because I would say Trent has been there and he will probably start. It’s a good decision to have because they’re all brilliant.
“Obviously, Kyle Walker is not in it and he’s a good player as well. So, the right-back position at the moment is very good for us.”