Dedryck Boyata is in no hurry to gatecrash the Manchester City first team on a regular basis.
Just as he was against Manchester United last term, Boyata was handed a surprise start by Roberto Mancini in Saturday's excellent Barclays Premier League win over Chelsea.
The 19-year-old refused to be overawed by the demands being placed upon him, even though he was facing players he regards as his idols.
Having performed so well, Boyata could realistically expect to retain his place. However, with Jerome Boateng and Joleon Lescott nearing full fitness and both Wayne Bridge and Aleksandar Kolarov to rejoin Mancini's squad at some stage over the next couple of months, the young Belgian accepts it might not be quite that easy.
But there is no way he will be banging on Mancini's door demanding answers - he is having too much fun and learning far too many lessons for that.
"I am not in a hurry," he said. "I need to stay patient and I will wait for my chance. It is not a case of having a number of appearances in my mind for this season. Around me there are a lot of experienced players. I need to recognise that."