While the mandarins at Villa Park are doing all they can to get Darius Vassell out of cotton wool and into a football kit without further delay, the club's reserve team manager has advised them to be rather more patient with the youngster filling the England international's boots.
Having made two consecutive Premiership starts for the first time in his career, Luke Moore is giving a passable rendition of FA Youth winner turned first-team regular but Kevin MacDonald, the man who oversaw that 2002 cup triumph, has urged fans not to expect too much too soon.
With Vassell and Carlton Cole nursing their respective hip and ankle problems, the 19-year-old's career has been on an upward curve in recent weeks forcing manager David O'Leary to start him in matches against Arsenal and Portsmouth.
Moore gave a good display in the win at Fratton Park and although he hasn't yet scored he has impressed with his directness and 'won' two penalties against Fulham.
Vassell played his first full 90 minutes for four months in Tuesday night's reserve team match with Bolton Wanderers and a recall beckons for the senior striker, thus halting Moore's run.
Which, according to MacDonald, is not necessarily a problem: "I am pleased that Luke is doing all right," he said. "But being a centreforward is the most difficult position to play in because you are playing with your back to goal a lot.
"As a young lad it becomes difficult because I don't think you are going to be a real topquality centre-forward in the Premier League until you are maybe 22, 23 or 24.
"Hopefully he will play another four or five games and then maybe be left out coming on as sub again with a view to bringing him back in at the end of the season. That would be nice."
MacDonald draws satisfaction from the fact that Moore is yet another of that Youth Cup-winning side to break into the Premiership. Five of the team that beat Wayne Rooney's Everton, Moore and his brother Stefan, Liam Ridgewell, Steven Davis and Peter Whittingham, have played in the first team.
MacDonald believes that Moore could establish himself as a permanent diner at football's top table, saying: "He has got what it takes but he has still got a lot of developing to do because it is easy to forget that he can still play Saturday morning football. Although he is playing in the Premiership he can still play for our Saturday morning team.
"At 18 or 19 we do not say he is ready for the Premiership, we say they might be able to come on a couple of times and they might develop from there, but even then they will still require more development. Physically he has got a lot more to offer, you don't stop growing until you are 21."
It is with an element of impatience that O'Leary welcomes Vassell back. The 24-year-old has not played in a competitive match since October, when he broke his ankle against Fulham, and his absence has coincided with one of the most barren scoring runs in living memory.
Incumbents Juan Pablo Angel and Carlton Cole went a lunar cycle or two without scoring and even the Irishman, who has not been shy in telling Vassell when he's not producing, is desperate to get the England man back into the side.
Vassell's display at Bescot Stadium was competent rather than scintillating. MacDonald said: "The main thing from a football point of view was that Darius came through 90 minutes when we weren't expecting him to.
"By the end his ankle was feeling a little bit stiff but that's to be expected.
"If he was to come back and play for the first team, that would be great for the football club."