Since moving from QPR to Kilmarnock late in the summer transfer window, Niko Hamalainen has enjoyed a great start to life in Ayrshire.
He has featured in three matches so far, impressing in every one as he looks to build up some much needed first-team experience.
The SPFL have also recognised his great start, naming him in their Team of the Week following an excellent match against Hibs.
Hamalainen is filling a big Kilmarnock hole admirably
Since arriving at Rugby Park, Killie have notched seven points out of nine and are yet to concede a goal with the Loftus Road full-back out on the park.
Greg Taylor left Kilmarnock for Celtic on deadline day, which piled pressure on the new left-back. Hamalainen has been handed the pretty big task of filling the void Taylor has left.
To his credit, the full-back has managed the task well so far. Doubts were raised over his experience, but he has shown excellent pace, calmness and shrewd defensive skills.
Hamalainen faces his biggest challenge yet when Killie travel to face Celtic on Sunday. Against James Forrest most likely, the QPR loanee will be playing against high standards he’s never faced before.
It’ll be a tough challenge for him, but if his opening Killie appearances have shown anything, Hamalainen should be able to handle it.