Leonardo Da Silva Lopes may have made only 10 appearances for Peterborough, but the biggest London clubs in English football are already on alert that the Portuguese teenager is one for the future.
Da Silva put himself in the limelight previously at the age of 15, when picked for the Posh under-18 team for an FA Youth Cup tie with Notts County. He came off the bench and scored a screamer from 35 yards.
Comparisons have already been made with Dele Alli, who like Da Silva was aged just 16 when given his first-team debut by MK Dons. The Peterborough man also has an eye for goal, is athletic and can carry possession effectively.
Although no bids are said to have been made as yet by Peterborough director of football Barry Fry, scouts from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are believed to have scouted the youngster.
And not only may the latter be the preferred option of the player due to the way they have effectively managed Alli’s rise into the first team, but Spurs have also developed a good working relationship with Peterborough since 2009.
The League One side have been the beneficiaries of five high-standard White Hart Lane youngsters on loan to bolster their promotion aspirations in recent years.
Jake Livermore made nine appearances during the second half of the 2009/10 campaign, until having to be recalled early in March because of injuries. During the same month he was deemed ready to make his competitive debut by Tottenham and has since been capped by England.
So has Danny Rose, who made featured in six Posh games earlier in the same campaign before Darren Ferguson departed as manager.
Jonathan Obika failed to make the grade at Spurs and was involved in numerous loan stints away before settling at current home Swindon. His one Peterborough league appearance in the 2010/11 season ended with a goal.
Before being a key feature in Brentford’s promising Championship side on loan, Alex Pritchard played six matches in another loan at Peterborough, with the spell heavily interrupted by the midfielder tearing ligaments in his ankle.
Finally, Shaq Coulthirst joined Peterborough from Spurs for an undisclosed fee in January of this year and made 19 appearances last season. He also scored both goals in the latest 2-1 friendly success over Leeds.
If Spurs do decide to make a bid for Da Silva, expect a deal similar to that agreed for Alli which will involve the player initially returning to Posh on loan to aid his development.