Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz started his first game for Brazil on Friday for his second cap for his country.
The 22-year-old was deployed in a three-man midfield along with Casemiro and Philippe Coutinho in the World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia.
It was a hugely one-sided affair, with Brazil running out 5-0 winners at the Corinthians Arena.
Luiz looked extremely at home in Brazil’s midfield, although there will no doubt be tougher games for him in the future at international level.
Asked before the game about the idea of playing alongside Luiz, four-time Champions League winning Real Madrid star Casemiro had said (Globo Esporte): “The adaptation period for the game is short, Douglas will play, it will be the first game I play with him and of course he needs time to adapt, but a high level player can understand by looks.”
Villa maestro Luiz actually managed to play a full 90 minutes in the competitive match, suggesting he is definitely now rated by manager Tite.
Brazil are next in action against Peru on Wednesday.
TBR ‘s View – Luiz beginning to blossom
So Luiz – who earns around £33,000-a-week back at Villa Park (Spotrac) – is finally a starter for Brazil, and it is little wonder he has been able to force his way into the side having been excellent for his club in recent times.
It may have been ‘only’ Bolivia, but Tite fielded plenty of other big guns like Marquinhos, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Neymar.
To share the field with such superstars would suggest that Luiz is definitely beginning to blossom, and that Villa have a potentially special player on their hands.