Hector Bellerin has had to be rather patient for his chance to impress at Arsenal.
The Spaniard has delivered numerous consistent performances for the club’s development sides since joining from Barcelona in 2011, but, over the next few weeks, he could finally be cast into the first-team spotlight.
For all his potential, Bellerin is yet to start a competitive game for the Arsenal first-team, with his only official appearance to date coming as a substitute against West Bromwich Albion last season in the Captial One Cup.
Bellerin is in line to feature against Southampton when that competition gets back underway next week, but, before then, he could have a part to play away to Borussia Dortmund tonight in the Champions League if Calum Chambers is declared unavailable.
With regular right-back Mathieu Debuchy expected to be out for some time through injury, there could be further opportunities for Bellerin in the coming weeks with defensive options thin on the ground.
If Chambers was asked to cover at centre-back, for example, then Bellerin, who enjoyed a short but largely successful loan spell at Watford last season, may well be drafted in at right-back.
A hard-working player and a willing runner, Bellerin’s attributes in the attacking third have never been in doubt. There has been some criticism of his defending in the past,
but he has improved commendably in that regard, something he will be looking to showcase if he is called upon for the first-team in the near future.