Alex Mighten remains one for the future at Nottingham Forest, but he may have saved the Reds time and money in the present.
With another transfer window open, a fresh scramble for fresh faces has been sparked.
Sabri Lamouchi will form part of that.
He has admitted as much and continues to churn out the “club know what I want” line.
The Frenchman is giving little away beyond that.
When it comes to the identity of targets, cards are being kept close to the chest.
You do not need to be a managerial genius, though, to reach the conclusion that attacking reinforcements are required.
Maybe a couple of alternative goal-getters.
Added creativity is also longed for at the City Ground.
It has been suggested that a winger could/should figure prominently on the January shopping list.
That, though, is where Mighten comes in.
Potential which has, for the most part, been nurtured behind closed doors on Trentside is now bursting onto a public stage.
An outing against Chelsea in the FA Cup third round was not his first of the season, but it was a full debut.
Lamouchi included the talented teenager from the off at Stamford Bridge.
He looked far from an untested rookie as direct running and boundless energy saw him become a serious thorn in the side of a Premier League heavyweight.
Mighten told the club’s official website afterwards: “It is the moment that I dreamed of and to have the chance to go out there and show what I can do, it is amazing.
“I tried to do everything I could. Sometimes you can’t get on the ball all the time so you just have to run and hope for the best, put a shift in for the team and that’s what I tried to do.”
More shifts may be coming Mighten’s way.
His lively showing in west London has seen calls mount for him to remain involved with the first team for the remainder of the season.
If Lamouchi were to make that decision, then he may have found an answer to a potential problem.
Mighten’s enthusiasm could be a useful asset to have on the bench.
X-factor could be provided against tiring legs, with there no need to seek another wideman before the end of the month.
Attention can remain locked on the pursuit of further firepower, with the option also there to bring in a playmaker or additions at the back.
Mighten needs to be handled with care – with it important not to expect too much, too soon – but his development should not be stunted by bringing in another fresh face for the sake of it.