The path currently being walked by talented teenager Ishmel Demontagnac could become rather more developed after Paul Merson promised his young players that they will get first-team opportunities - if they are playing well enough.
Seventeen-year-old Demontagnac made an impressive debut in Walsall's 3-2 defeat at Port Vale last weekend on the back of which the playermanager hinted that he could use the promise of a taste of League One action to lure top-quality youngsters to Bescot Stadium.
"Ishmel was playing in the youth team two weeks ago and, on Saturday, he was in the first team because he has done well," Merson said.
"I won't mess around. If they deserve a chance, they will get it"
Meanwhile, there was positive news about the fitness of the club's two most highprofile players, Merson himself and in-demand striker Matty Fryatt.
Merson has been told that he should be back in action in time for the Christmas programme after a specialist gave him a positive update on his injured groin.
Fryatt, meanwhile, will be back playing rather sooner, in time for Saturday's visit from MK Dons in fact, after recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of the trip to Vale Park.
Ian Roper also offered more good news for Merson as he emerged unscathed from a 90-minute outing as Saddlers' reserves beat Bradford 5-1 at home.
There were two goals each for Dario Larrosa and Alex Nicholls and one for Kris Taylor.