Diogo Dalot is coming off his most productive month at Manchester United yet.
The £19 million summer signing from Porto has featured in United’s last five consecutive games, picking up valuable experience.
Most intriguingly, he has done so by playing in two different positions.
Signed as a right-back, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has experimented with Dalot as a winger. There have been a couple of signs that it could be a successful position for him.
Dalot is a good crosser of the ball and has quick feet. He is willing to take players on and shoot, attributes of a top winger.
It was his shot which forced United’s deciding penalty against PSG.
His decision making needs work, but that will come with time as he develops his game.
Amid the annual links to Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale, United have a player with the same raw qualities the Welshman once had.
Bale began as a full-back, and in his initial spell at Tottenham he struggled so badly he was nearly sold.
His versatility helped him transition his game from a defender to a winger, something Dalot is already doing.
Dalot actually began his career with Porto as a winger before making a name for himself as a full-back. Attacking is a natural part of his game.
If United sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as has been reported as an option by The Sun, Dalot’s long term role could be on the wing.
Dalot is only 20. It took Bale until he was 23 to really hit his stride.
He has shown potential over the past month and is going to get a lot better in seasons to come. The club are crying out for a top winger.
With time, United might have hit the jackpot with Dalot. The building blocks are there for him to become a huge asset for the club.