He's already flagged him as the most exciting player in the A-League, and Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is determined not to limit the heights to which Aaron Mooy can soar.
Mooy put on a spectacular show in Thursday night's 3-0 World Cup qualifier defeat of Kyrgyzstan in Canberra, more than living up to his manager's flattering complement.
Despite it being only his 10th Australian cap, the 25-year-old Melbourne City star was an intoxicating sight at GIO Stadium, locating cracks of space where they seemingly didn't exist to find his teammates.
Already in the best form of his career, Postecoglou warned Mooy could go much further.
"When I said he was the best player in the comp I meant it, and I'm a pretty good judge I reckon," Postecoglou said.
"Why limit how good our players can be? We're great at keeping the lid on things in this country.
"He's developing all the time and there's more in him, and why shouldn't there be more in him?
"That's half the problem - we try to limit our players' ability because they're Australian."
Mooy has now played the full 90 minutes in Australia's last four qualifiers - scoring a goal against Bangladesh in September - and is cementing himself as a key playmaker.
His ease on the international stage belies his experience, but although the former Western Sydney midfielder admits to being a little nervous at this level it doesn't get the better of him.
"I'm not afraid," Mooy said.
"Football is football - it's the same game.
"Just because it means more to play for the national team to me, it's still a game with a ball with two goals.
"I'm a midfielder, it's my job to provide chances. Then one of the strikers puts it away, it's good.
"When I create a goal, it means the same thing to me as scoring."
Mooy attributed some of his recent prowess to the freedom City manager John van 't Schip has afforded him after making the switch from the Wanderers at the beginning of last season.
"When I was at the Wanderers I was playing more defensive midfield, not allowed to get forward as much," he said.
"Since I've moved to Melbourne City, I've been able to get forward more, and that's what I like to do."