It would be easy to get swept up by comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne, but Ross Barkley's only focus is on impressing for Everton and England.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder has flourished this year and managed to impress during what was an embarrassing World Cup display.
Some of Barkley's performances bore more than a striking resemblance to that of another Everton academy graduate, Rooney, while England manager Roy Hodgson believes he can have the same impact as 'Gazza'.
It is not just comparisons he has to deal with, as Spain international Xavi believes the attacking midfielder, like England team-mate Raheem Sterling, has the ability to thrive at Barcelona.
That is a lot of expectation and background noise to cope with, but Barkley is taking such talk in his stride.
"I haven't really felt any expectation," he said ahead of tomorrow's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in Wembley. "I just focus on getting better and doing things right on the pitch. Everything else takes care of itself.
"It's not hard. I've always had my feet on the ground and I've never forgotten where I come from.
"It's great be compared to Paul Scholes and the Wayne Rooneys of this world. But I'm just focused on being myself and playing my own game and hopefully getting better."
As it happens, one of those helping Barkley to deal with the rising expectation level is Rooney.
A boyhood Everton fan, he has always looked up to the England captain and is thankful for helping him settle into life with the national team. "When I was younger I saw Wayne breaking through at 16, scoring cracking goals," Barkley said.
"Then for him to go and make his England debut, while he was still at Everton, was good to see.
"He's gone on and had a tremendous career and I've always looked up to him. He's been helpful to me and the other youngsters like Raheem and Luke Shaw.
"He's always been there for a bit of guidance and to pass his experience on to us. He gives some good advice to us."
Barkley is now looking to replicate Rooney's consistency with England, who he has not featured for since the World Cup due to a knee injury sustained in pre-season training.
Now he is back, though, and part of the squad which travel to Scotland for a mouth-watering friendly after continuing their Euro 2016 campaign at home to Slovenia on Saturday.
The build-up to the Wembley encounter is being dominated by Rooney as the Three Lions captain prepares to reach 100 caps for the country.
It is an impressive feat but one which the Manchester United forward said would be tainted unless they win a major trophy - a dream shared by Barkley.
"To lift a trophy for England, to win something, is what every player wants to do," he said of his international ambitions. "It would be a dream come true if that happened."