He was a #3million player at the age of just 20 and already he is being linked with the Premiership's very best.
But, despite having stood out as one of the high spots of another season of low achievement at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion defender Curtis Davies still has his feet very much on the floor.
After all, by the standards he has set for himself, he admits his form has dipped of late - as a haul of eight goals shipped in the Baggies' last two games would suggest.
And, when Chelsea come to town today, there will be nothing but respect from the young Londoner as he prepares for his first meeting with the Premiership's best.
Davies signed from Luton Town a week after Albion's weakened side got clouted 4-0 at Stamford Bridge back in August. But he has been counting the days ever since for the chance to lock horns with Jose Mourinho's expensively assembled, multi-millionaire array of footballing talent.
And, although he admits that his most tricky opponent to date was Aston Villa's Milan Baros, he is expecting Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo to prove just as big a handful.
"I've played against some big players before," said Davies. "And Milan Baros probably gave me the toughest test so far. His movement was brilliant.
"I guess Crespo will be similar, although I don't think his work-rate will be as good as Baros.
"But to play against him will be amazing after watching Crespo play for AC Milan in the Champions League final against Liverpool only last May.
"I was still at Luton then and, after seeing him score twice, I remember thinking to myself how I would do against a player like that.
"Now I have that chance and it is so weird to think about how quickly things happen.
"To be just 20 years old, playing regularly in the Premiership and making my England Under-21 debut is just like a dream."
That England Under-21 debut finally came, after several appearances in the squad as an unused substitute, when he replaced Villa's Liam Ridgewell at half-time at the Madjeski Stadium on Tuesday night to take part in a 3-1 win over Norway .
"It was great to make my international debut," said Davies. "I was nervous to start with, but I settled down fine.
"Everything has happened so fast to me. But I think I have adapted well and hopefully there is more to come. I'm playing every week and getting more and more comfortable."
In a week when he was linked with a move to one of the top flight's big game hunters Arsenal, he clearly has admirers out there who think there is a lot more to come.
But he skillfully dealt with the questions posed to him on that subject in front of a prying TV camera lens, pointing out that there is still a big job for him to do with the Baggies. And, given the refreshing candour and confidence he has so far shown in so far dealing with the media, this appears one level-headed enough individual to make it.
Already immensely popular at The Hawthorns, he has even assumed the mantle of living Albion legend and now Derby County captain Darren Moore.
Not only has he effectively taken over Moore's shirt, but his nickname too.
Davies, in fact, had been dubbed 'Big Dave' before he even arrived at Albion from Luton on August transfer deadline day. And, most of all, he has inherited from his former club skipper the ability to say the right thing.
His long-term future is a much-discussed topic right now. But Davies is thinking only of the short term - and how Albion can stop the rot of two straight defeats by continuing their run of good home form against the bigger teams.
Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City and Spurs have all been beaten at The Hawthorns. And, while Chelsea will turn up in the Black Country with one eye on next week's midweek date in the Nou Camp with Barcelona, nobody has forgotten what happened on their last away league outing . . . last month's 4-0 rout at Middlesbrough.
But Davies says simply: "I have massive respect for Chelsea. They have a settled squad who look almost unbeatable. And you can't blame them for spending the cash. Any fan would love a man like Abramovich to come into a club and buy the best players around.
"But John Terry, who cost them nothing, is the one I most look up to, a good defender who is great on the ball. And I like Mourinho. He is very forward and open and I like that in a manager."
More importantly, he also has a healthy respect for his own boss, Bryan Robson, fuelled by the faith the Baggies boss has in him.
"The gaffer has said he sees me as an import nat part of the team and that's great," said Davies. "But I don't see it as any extra responsibility.
"All I'm concerned with is helping to get us out of the struggle.
"It's not nice being down there and I try and keep the negatives out of my head.
"But, with Birmingham three points behind and with a game in hand, it's going to be tight. And our game against them next week will be crucial, both in terms of points and morale.
"But we are all fighting, we know we have the quality, everyone is full of belief and let's hope we can give our confidence a boost by giving Chelsea a good game first.
"Playing Chelsea will be a massive test for me and the team. But It's the sort of challenge I came to West Brom to have."