What is the old saying about if you are good enough, you are old enough?
Joel Asoro is certainly making confident moves to live up to the adage and he can do it again on Monday.
The 17-year-old Sunderland striker last night scored his first goal for Sweden U21 to help his country to a 3-0 win in Estonia in the Euro Championship qualifier.
His 53rd-minute goal put the seal on Sweden’s victory which took them top of Group Six ahead of the crunch match against third-placed Croatia.
Victory on Monday for the unbeaten Swedes would take them through to the finals next summer and another goal would be great for Asoro and Sunderland.
The teen sensation became the youngest player from his nation to play in the Premier League when Black Cats boss David Moyes sent him on as a substitute for Duncan Watmore 10 minutes from time in the derby against Middlesbrough.
Asoro has started the EFL Cup wins over Shrewsbury and QPR though he has been managed carefully by Moyes in the opening stages of the season.
But, might there be a temptation for the Black Cats boss to strike while the iron’s hot?
On a weekend when Sunderland had no recognised forward on the bench for the 1-1 draw with West Brom, Asoro was scoring for Sunderland U23 in their Premier League Cup draw at Cardiff City.
Now he’s followed that goal with his first for Sweden U21 and should he find the net against Croatia on Monday then Moyes may not be able to resist the temptation of putting him in the match-day 18 at Stoke City next Saturday.
Form and confidence means so much in football and having that up your sleeve could be such a boost to Moyes and Sunderland.