After surviving their first ever season as a Premier League club Bournemouth's latest signing, American whizkid Emerson Hyndman, is being tipped by manager Eddie Howe as "having a bright future" with the club.
Earlier this week, the Cherries' manager spoke with local media regarding his delight at Emerson's having decided to join his side, despite interest from some of Europe's elite, with a heap of plaudits for the young midfielder:
"No doubt he had other options and I know he was linked with other clubs. He is a talented young player who is highly thought of in the game. He is very good technically.
Hopefully, he sees us as a progressive and ambitious club which prides itself on improving and developing players and that tipped the balance in our favour.
He is a player of huge potential who we see coming in and developing under us and, hopefully, having a big future with the club."
Coming from the likes of Howe, who masterminded the club's surge out of the lower leagues into the top flight, these words should do a lot in adding to U.S. fans' excitement over this move.
A former player with the club, Howe has built an excellent track record of getting the most out of his players, both young and old, and has successfully pushed them into raising their level of play in a huge way.
This is most evident in the fact that a large contingent of his core players last season in the Premier League were also key players with the club back in 2012 while they were still in League One. This includes young midfielders Harry Arter, Matt Ritchie and Eunan O'Kane who were all either 21 or 22 and receiving regular minutes in Howe's League One side.
In addition to the club's emphasis on developing players, Hyndman's decision to turn down offers from big clubs was likely also due to his having a real chance at earning a place in this Bournemouth side right out of the gates. Howe confirms this should indeed be realistic goal for Hyndman sooner rather than later.
"There is always an adapting period for any player but, with Emerson's attributes, we anticipate he will settle in quickly with us. I think he has the basics to perform well in our midfield. He is a very good ball receiver, he has a good array of passes and he has a great attitude to the game."
Having watched the U.S.'s aging midfield stagnate post World Cup, many fans eagerly wait to see if Howe's words prove true in the hopes that this move marks Hyndman's final push from promising youth into full fledged professional and to see him start making a real case for a regular place in the senior squad as 2018 draws closer.