Joleon Lescott is still being tipped for the top by his manager Glenn Hoddle after proving he has made a complete recovery from the double knee injury that threatened to end the promising Wolverhampton Wanderers starlet's career.
The former England Under-21 defender had to put his career on hold after taking far longer than expected to recover from complicated surgery the summer before last - just weeks after helping Wolves win promotion.
It was a problem which did not heal as expected, sidelining Lescott for the whole of Wolves' season in the Premiership, and causing a 15-month absence from football until he returned to the first team at Molineux in late August this season.
Having been linked with several big moves prior to his injury after three full seasons as a Wolves first team regular, there were always going to be question marks about how full a recovery he would make. But Hoddle is insistent that Birmingham-born Lescott, still only 22, has time on his side.
"This was always going to be a big season for him coming back from injury," said Hoddle. "But he has done very well.
"As a player, the elusive thing you're after is a consistent level of performance and he's certainly done that.
"Both the centre halves have done fantastically recently and, at Joleon's age, there is really no limit to what he can achieve."
Apart from forging a new partnership with Jody Craddock every bit as solid as the one he enjoyed for two seasons with Paul Butler, Lescott also briefly earned the captain's armband when skipper Paul Ince missed the Gillingham game last month. But, Hoddle admits, that was a tactic designed to make his big centre half even more of a commanding presence.
"Joleon needs to do a bit more when it comes to talking and communication and be a bit more dominant. That kind of thing can improve and sometimes giving someone some authority can help in that respect. And he is certainly getting better and better."
At a time when Wolves' Academy is flourishing again at Molineux, it is worth noting that Lescott was not the only graduate from their youth set-up to catch the manager's eye in Saturday's stunning 4-1 win at Crewe.
Keith Andrews preceded Lescott as team captain. Previous manager Dave Jones shocked many by handing the 20-year-old the armband for the final game of the season four years ago.
The Irishman then rather lost his way over the next three seasons, but earned another chance under Hoddle.
Although Andrews was made one of the scapegoats for Wolves' lacklustre performance against Watford ten days ago when his substitution was cruelly applauded by the home fans, he won a recall against Crewe.
Coming into the team to replace expectant father Rob Edwards, Hoddle was rewarded when Andrews showed his versatility with a very useful performance in the unfamiliar role of right back.
"Keith's a bit of an unsung hero, who comes in for a lot of unfair criticism at Molineux," said Hoddle.
"We lost Rob Edwards, because his girlfriend is having a baby, he'd had no sleep and couldn't play, and I could have put Jocky Bjorklund or Shaun Newton there.
"Keith's never played at right back, apart from in the reserves, but I took a chance on him and he came up trumps for us.
"He's given me another option and done himself a power of good by showing there's another position for him, which shows how valuable he is for us.
"It was a slight risk, but it's another string to Keith's bow, and I won't feel it's a risk if I have to do it again."