Gary Cahill will be given a chance to prove his Premiership credentials when he plays the full match for Aston Villa away to Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow.
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, has been impressed with Cahill during the tour of Scandinavia this week and has no hesitation in giving the 19-year-old defender the opportunity of more first-team football.
"I'm going to play Cahill for 90 minutes on Saturday to see what he's made of," O'Leary said. "I want to play people for 90 minutes instead of bringing them on in bits and pieces.
"I want to play him - he knows he's playing against Wolves. I want to keep people on to gain their fitness and I want Gary Cahill to have the same thing.
"Let's see what he's properly about now in a proper game against a target man such as Carl Cort, so that will be a good test for him. That will tell us what he's about."
Cahill spent most of last season on loan with Burnley and impressed enough to win a number of player-oftheseason awards.
"Going out on loan again is something we'll probably know about in time," Cahill said. "Whether the manager thinks I'm a little bit young or not is his decision.
"If I was sent out on loan again then I'd just have to deal with that and hopefully do even better than before. Long term, I see my future at Villa. Hopefully things go well this season and I can look forward to playing some games. Playing with people like Patrik Berger and Nobby Solano is fantastic. They've been top, top pros who've been playing in the top flight for a number of years which can only bring me on as a player.
"I hope to make it into the team. I came back from Burnley not expecting to walk straight into the team and play 38 Premiership games.
"But I'd like to think I can make that step up and show what I can do. I've got experience under my belt from playing in the Championship and now it's just a case of making that step up.
"For me, playing alongside John McGreal and against better strikers was excellent for me - that all brought me on as a player. I'm far from the finished article at the moment, so I want to push on again this year.
"It's part of my game to be comfortable on the ball. But it makes you relaxed when you play with better players in your side and at Villa, there are quality players everywhere.
"That's made it easier and by training with the lads all pre-season, I've got to know them. They're all helping me settle down and they're all good lads.
"The younger lads in the squad have been involved last season whereas I've just come into it. But the more experienced lads such as Mark Delaney and Gavin McCann who have done it for years have been there for me as well."