Roberto Di Matteo can rest assured that Josh McEachran is in good company at Middlesbrough. While the Chelsea loanee impressed on his first start for Tony Mowbray's team, two fellow teenagers wearing home colours refused to be upstaged.
Adam Reach and Luke Williams may be relative unknowns outside Teesside, but the two academy graduates and England Under-19 internationals put in eye-catching second performances, in the process earning Boro a deserved first win of the season against a strong Burnley side.
Still only 34-years-old, Burnley's Eddie Howe is regarded as one of the game's brightest young managers and, in beating newly relegated Bolton last Saturday, his side had made a promising start to the new season.
They opened well here, too. Indeed, Howe's team would have been ahead in short order had the unmarked Ross Wallace not shot wide from an inviting position after a slick passing move that involved Chris McCann, who prised open a home defence marshalled by the returning Jonathan Woodgate.
In front of Woodgate, on the right of Tony Mowbray's midfield, McEachran made his home debut after joining on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Long hyped as one of England's most exciting talents, he swiftly displayed some neat left-foot touches, betraying little of the ring-rust that might have been expected from a young man who struggled on loan at Swansea last season and had not played a first-team game for five months.
All the early indications are that McEachran will help Mowbray achieve his ambition of making Boro a more comfortable side in control of the ball, as opposed to last season's proficient, if limited, counter-attacking unit that tended to cede possession for prolonged periods.
Boro's goalkeeper Jason Steele was required to save a 20-yard Sam Vokes shot and Emmanuel Ledesma – one of several new Boro new boys signed with technical ability in mind – curled a free kick fractionally wide. Generally, however, chances were limited.
Or at least they were until the 40th minute when Woodgate and friends had no answer to Kieran Trippier's cross and Steele proved powerless to keep Charlie Austin's header out. Forty eight seconds later, Mowbray's players were level, as Curtis Main flicked the ball on to Nicky Bailey, who directed a low shot into the bottom corner from just outside the area.
Like McEachran, Reach is 19, but he belied his inexperience by directing a second half volley beyond Lee Grant. Back came Burnley, Junior Stanislas equalising after Rhys Williams had scrambled the ball off the line.
The home crowd were resigned to disappointment when, four minutes after stepping off the bench, substitute Williams, another youth product, sent away another half volley, this time from at least 30 yards, that arced towards the top corner to win it for Boro in the 88th minute.