Jaap Stam is building something very interesting at Reading.
In a squad filled with promising youngsters 19-year-old right back Tennai Watson is arguably the brightest prospect.
After impressing in pre-season with the first team Watson was promoted to the senior squad and signed a two-year professional contract. His progress since then has been rapid.
Although he has featured only as a substitute in the Championship Watson has performed with distinction in the EFL Cup.
In 68 minutes against Arsenal in Reading’s 0-2 fourth round defeat he showed glimpses of why he is so highly rated.
Against an understrength Gunners side which still featured Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Lucas Perez and Alex Iwobi, Watson did not look out of place.
His confidence in possession, calm technique, pace and athleticism gave Reading an option in attack and on more than one occasion helped them out of tight spots in defence.
This was only his eighth senior appearance for Reading and Watson is still very raw. But Reading fans have been impressed and speculation is growing that he could replace Wales international Chris Gunter as first choice right back by the end of the season.
In Stam, a fearsome centre back in his prime, Watson has a manager ideally placed to impart defensive wisdom. How well he learns and how quickly he adjusts to first team football will determine how far he can go. But the early signs are certainly promising.
The young full back has much to work on. But if he can add defensive solidity and tactical sophistication to his already impressive technical qualities then he could go far.
Stam is assembling an impressive squad and a talk of promotion is not unreasonable. Watson, if he continues to develop at the rate he has since the summer, looks easily capable of playing at a higher level in the not too distant future.