Tyias Browning was one of two players singled out for praise by Everton Under 23s manager David Unsworth after the draw with Arsenal this week.
The fact he is still playing in those sorts of matches despite being 24 and a part of the first-team picture at Goodison Park since 2012 hammers home just how much the defender’s career has stagnated.
He did make a promising start to life at Everton, but looks set for the exit door after his progress has stalled and the club have brought in a host of expensive defenders in recent years.
But should Marco Silva reconsider his stance on Browning on the back of Unsworth’s praise?
As much as one good performance does not constitute a revival, there are other defenders at Goodison Park who should be ousted first.
Older players such as Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines should leave the club before the likes of Browning, who may yet prove to be a versatile, home-grown option at the back as Everton continue their pursuit of a more mobile, fresher backline.
There is no reason why Browning cannot emulate Mason Holgate and become a big part of Everton’s future defensive plans. Unsworth’s comments show he is making small steps in the right direction.