Northern Ireland fans were raving about Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard after he produced yet another outstanding display.
The 21-year-old helped his country record a goalless draw against Switzerland on Wednesday night to keep their hopes of reaching Qatar 2022 alive.
It needs to be remembered that Ballard isn’t playing for one of the so-called bigger nations, yet the Arsenal academy product is looking like a performer worthy of playing for the top, top teams.
But Northern Ireland fans are proud to have him represent their country because they think he should be playing Premier League football right now.
After helping Blackpool earn promotion last season to the Championship, Ballard is now plying his trade with Millwall.
Given the problems Mikel Arteta has at the back then he should probably be part of their set-up.
But then again, many have also said that of a certain William Saliba and he’s not even been given a sniff, yet he is a big-money purchase.
Either way, whilst attention is on the current crop of defenders in North London and someone like Saliba away from the club, quietly in the corner a young Irishman is doing his thing.
A no-nonsense centre-back, who would put his head in front of rock if it landed in the box, Ballard is the exact profile defender Arsenal are looking for.
In the meantime, it’s Millwall and Northern Ireland fans enjoying his performances and this is what the latter had to say about him last night: