The shockwaves of Guus Hiddink's line-up for relegation-bound Aston Villa this last weekend were felt far and wide, not least in New Jersey.
There in his home state, and in the rest of the USA, the period since Matt Miazga's signing for Chelsea has been one of great anticipation.
The feeling is that the 20-year-old defender is carrying a flag for his nation, as the multi-national Blues' first ever American.
(Roy Wegerle, who played up-front for Chelsea a few times between 1986 and 1988 was born in South Africa, and did not gain American citizenship and caps until 1991).
The reality, communicated via training ground reports and the odd press conference aside, would appear to feature a picture of a player some distance off Chelsea's expected level.
And so the 6ft 4ins tall £3.5m signing was pitched into a truly radical centre half pairing, alongside Branislav Ivanovic.
Reports earlier in the week from Frisco, Texas, where Miazga had featured for his national U23 side against Colombia, had not been good.
He got his marching orders from the referee, as his side missed out on their second consecutive Olympic qualification.
But against Villa it was a different story.
As Hiddink later said, it was tricky to truly gauge any individual's performance against a side that offered very little to the game, and was roundly castigated by their own fans.
But Miazga's debut was certainly competent: providing a solid, unimpeachable back line, and some good distribution.
He was beaten several times in the air. Though with the main Villa threat coming from Rudy Gestede, one of the best headers of the ball in the game, that was no major concern.
Hiddink's verdict was one of cautious praise, but he pointed to a lack of a certain 'streetwise' quality that might be trained into the player.
What he meant was a knowledge of the tricks of the trade: those little bits of gamesmanship that a striker uses to put a defender off his game, which might not be so prevalent in Miazga's native MLS.
There was no concrete word on his long-term chances, though the expectation from most quarters is that regular football at a higher level than Chelsea's U21s will be needed, if he is to make the step up to first team.
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That means a period on loan: something which recent experience has shown can either make or break a player at Chelsea (more often, sadly, the latter).
As far as the player himself goes, the reports are all of a very confident character, with a strong will to succeed – something that should be a positive asset, so long as it is managed well.
Hiddink will likely have recommendations on the subject for his successor, expected to be named shortly as Antonio Conte.
However, with Miazga being seen as a development player, the ultimate decision is likely to be taken somewhere higher in the Chelsea structure than merely the managerial dugout.
If, as expected, John Terry is to leave Chelsea this summer, then a replacement will need to be found.
With Cahill, an injured Kurt Zouma (whose recovery may not be completed in time to go though pre-season, meaning he will miss the start of next season), and Ivanovic hopping between two positions, Conte will surely be looking for extra bodies in the box.
For now, at least, that is unlikely to mean Miazga. But, on the basis of what we saw at Villa Park, he is certainly one to watch for the future.