For a player who has just signed a lucrative four-year contract and has a £3 million price tag hanging round his neck, Cameron Jerome is a remarkably well-adjusted teenager.
However, he is going to need all of his unflappable qualities next season as expectations are already rising among Birmingham City supporters that he can spearhead a promotion challenge.
Twenty goals for Cardiff last season and an England Under- 21 call- up earmarked the 19-year-old as a primary target for Steve Bruce as he strengthens what was a jaded squad.
Bereft of a goalscoring hero since Mikael Forssell garnered 19 goals in 2003-04, Birmingham's supporters are waiting to clutch a new icon to their collective bosom.
If Jerome is the chosen one then it is indisputable his feet will remain planted on terra firma.
This is quite obviously no big-time Charlie and represents a return to the ethos of Blues.
Supporters became increasingly disenchanted last season as a succession of sterile performances left them cold.
A raft of short-term contracts and loan players didn't help the cause but Jerome's journey to success hasn't been on easy street.
A sequence of doors was slammed in his face as a young footballer after abortive trials at various clubs including his home town of Huddersfield.
He finally surfaced at Cardiff and maintained his belief through the lean years with strong support from his family.
Hanson Jerome is a typical father living out his dreams through his son but he is blessed with a bit more knowledge that your average Joe.
A semi-professional with Emley, this 40-year-old has a visibly strong bond with his son and it was noticeable how Birmingham's new striker ensured his father was at close quarters al afternoon.
A shopping spree in the Mailbox was on the agenda afterwards and it was noticeable that Jerome was perfectly happy to have his father on board when looking for fashionable attire.
With Jerome senior reminding his son of the values of respect and manners on a regular basis it is clear that the occasional shopping spree in Birmingham is about as decadent as it gets for this talented teenager.
Jerome senior said: "He has had to work hard for this, as he had a couple of knockdowns earlier on in his career. He was determined to get there and it is a father's dream.
"I never believed he would make it this far but he has put the hard work in and I am very proud of him. However, he always had the talent and ability and even as a youngster he was a prolific goalscorer for his clubs.
"Focus has never been a problem, either, because even when he was a young boy he used to go to bed with his football," Hanson added with an infectious laugh.
"When we used to say to him 'what do you want to be when you grow up?' he would always say 'a professional footballer.' He's always had that in his mind. I have always been there supporting him no matter where he goes. The family has always been there for him and he knows I am always there for him."
However, footballers are often at the mercy of sycophants and characters whose motives are disingenuous.
Flattery and egomassaging can lull players into delusions of grandeur over their performances and Jerome senior is well aware of the pitfalls. Yet, he has always been the voice of realism to his protege.
"I am his biggest critic but I am also his biggest fan," the self-confessed "utility player. I was never a striker," continued.
"He always asks after every game - what do you think? I always tell him straight and I think that is good for him. If there are aspects he can improve I will tell him but he also appreciates what I say and if he has done well I will also be the first to tell him.
"I have supported him all the way and I will be here every week at St Andrew's. I hope he helps Birmingham get back into the Premiership and that he does well here. I want him to help take the club forward and hopefully he will get that full cap for England. That's the goal."