Rio Ferdinand picked out Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori for special praise following his performance on Wednesday night.
The Blues centre-back helped his side record a vital 2-1 away victory against Lille in the Champions League group stages.
After losing the opening group match at home to Valencia, it was crucial they bounced back in Lille before their double header with Dutch giants Ajax.
Tammy Abraham put the English victors in front with a stunning finish after he trapped the ball with his weak foot and calmly slotted past the goalkeeper.
But Frank Lampard’s side were pegged back in the first-half through Victor Osimhen’s goal, as once again the team’s major weakness from corners was shown.
Willian’s technically challenging volley in the second-half earned three points for Chelsea in France and gave them lift off in Europe this season.
BT Sport pundit and ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand was left hailing Tomori for his display on the night, describing it as a “perfect” display.
The 21-year-old assisted Abraham’s goal with his piercing pass forward, but it was with his back to goal where he was extremely solid and his pace proved too much for the Lille attack to handle.
“Huge talent. That was the best defender on the pitch there (Tomori). Everything he done today defensively I thought he was perfect,” Ferdinand told television channel BT Sport 2 (2 October).
“His tenacity, his anticipation, his willingness to step out and make quick decisions to intercept.”
Tomori had a near faultless performance away in a European game, aside from a nervous late moment where his goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga saved him from a poor back-pass.
The Englishman was formidable as part of a back three and his season has surely gone better than he could have hoped for.
He clearly built up an understanding last season with Lampard during a loan at Derby, but to walk into the team at Stamford Bridge this campaign is remarkable.
There is no way he can be dropped from the team based on his form and is such an exciting addition to the backline.